Who Is Markus Schairer? Snowboarder Breaks Neck During Winter Olympics

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Markus Schairer broke his fifth cervical vertebra in this horrifying fall.

The force of the impact sent Schairer's goggles flying off his head as his competitors passed on their way to the nearby finish line.

The Austrian Olympic committee confirmed Schairer had fractured his fifth cervical vertebrae - and somehow was able to stand on his own after a few moments and finish the course!

Markus Schairer, 30, was gliding down a slope at Bokwang Snow Park in Pyeongchang, South Korea, during the men's snowboard cross quarterfinals when he seemingly lost control mid-air.

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Once away from the track, the Austrian was checked out by the team medical staff and was then rushed to hospital suffering from intense chest pains. Thankfully, it appeared that he didn't suffer from any long-term neurological damage, and he's now in stable condition.

There's been no indication of long-term damage or neurological impairment, the committee's statement said.

He is expected to be taken back to Austria for further evaluation and treatment. He crashed on an earlier run and injured his elbow. In the 2010 X Games, he broke his ribs in a crash, according to USA Today Sports.

In December 2013, Schairer tore four ligaments in his shoulder and fractured a joint during training in Canada, according to his Olympic bio.

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