Austrian snowboarder breaks neck in scary crash at Olympics


Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer is going to go down in history for the horrific way he broke his neck, and the bad ass way he made a decision to deal with it.

Schairer fractured his fifth cervical vertebrae, the Austrian Olympic committee said in the statement.

SNOWBOARD star Markus Schairer suffers a sickening neck break after bashing his head against the ground - but amazingly goes onto finish the race.

The three-time Olympian landed on his back, and his protective goggles flew off during the crash landing.

Schairer fell directly on his back during the second to last jump of a quarterfinal snowboard cross race.

Schairer somehow returned to his feet and finished the race under his own power.

Snowboarder Markus Schairer injured his vertebra during a men's snowboard cross quarterfinal match Thursday at the Pyeongchang Olympics, according to the Austrian Olympic Committee.

The committee said Schairer will return to Austria for further treatment.

They don't believe there is any long-term damage or mental impairment, which frankly is a freakin' miracle.

In 2013, he ruptured four shoulder ligaments and fractured a joint in a training accident.

Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer just broke his neck from a horrific crash during an Olympic event, and a slow-mo video caught the devastating moment.