Japanese snowboarder crashes brutally in halfpipe competition

During the men’s halfpipe finals, Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka violently crashed while attempting to land a big-air trick, bulleting his body headfirst into the snow.

The 16 year old lost control of the landing, smashing his board directly on the top of the pipe, then bounced off the top rail, and flipped upside down in the air resulting in a face-first drilling down the decline of the halfpipe. His momentum took him sliding head-first down the hill to an eventual stop, appearing unconscious for what seemed like an eternity.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan crashes during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan crashes during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Japan's Yuto Totsuka falls during run 2 of the final of the men's snowboard halfpipe at the Phoenix Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's Yuto Totsuka falls during run 2 of the final of the men's snowboard halfpipe at the Phoenix Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan is attended to by medical staff after crashing in the during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan is attended to by medical staff after crashing in the during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan is attended to by medical staff after crashing in the during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan is attended to by medical staff after crashing in the during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan is stretched off by medical staff after crashing in the during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan is stretched off by medical staff after crashing in the during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Japan's Yuto Totsuka is pulled of the course after falling during run 2 of the final of the men's snowboard halfpipe at the Phoenix Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 14: Yuto Totsuka of Japan is stretched off by medical staff after crashing in the during the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Final on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Phoenix Snow Park on February 14, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Paramedics immediately rushed to his aid, loaded him up on a stretcher and took him away as NBC cut quickly to commercial.

Yuto recently came in third place in the men’s snowboard halfpipe at the US Grand Prix in Snowmass, Colorado in January, this is his first appearance at the Olympics.

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