Winter Olympics: Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka in scary crash during halfpipe final

Yuto Totsuka

No big injury for 16-year-old Japanese snowboarder Yuko Totsuka after scary fall Jack Gruber USA TODAY

While Japan celebrated Ayumu Hirano's silver medal, there was a heart-stopping moment for compatriot snowboarder Yuto Totsuka in the men's halfpipe final.

The 16-year-old went up high on the pipe but strayed too far over the edge and came crashing down on the lip, smacking to the ground and falling in a heap.

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Totsuka had just begun his second of three runs and appeared to be attempting a complex trick when disaster struck.

He was conscious and able to sit up before being assisted into a sled to be stretchered to medical assistance. Following the impact with the lip, Totsuka rolled down to the bottom of the halfpipe, which is 22 feet from the lip. Event organisers have been slammed for continuing the competition despite the conditions.

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According to Rachel Axon of USA Today, Japan's press officer said Totsuka was taken to the hospital with hip pain but had "no big injury". "I'm happy to land my run and get a good score but I'm most happy that no one got hurt bad".

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