Yuto Totsuka Stretchered out of Halfpipe After Crash at 2018 Winter Olympics


A group of medics rushed out and eventually helped Totsuka off his back and into the awaiting sled. The 16-year-old landed on the lip of the pipe while coming down from a huge jump. Following the impact with the lip, Totsuka rolled down to the bottom of the halfpipe, which is 22 feet from the lip. "He was moving, but getting dragged off on a stretcher", the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore wrote on Twitter.

It's too early to know the full extent of the injuries, but Japan's press officer told USA Today's Rachel Axon that Totsuka had "no big injury but pain in his hip" as he was taken to a hospital.

The poor weather conditions have already effected many athletes' chances in the games.

Rukajarvi added that she believed the event should have been moved: "It wasn't [the right decision]".

Totsuka was sitting up on the stretcher, and the medical staff appeared to be giving special attention to his left leg as they strapped him in.

Austria's Anna Gasser started the women's final at the Phoenix Snow Park as one of the medal contenders, but crashed on both runs - managing only 15th place.