16-Year-Old Snowboarder's Olympic Debut Ends With Devastating Crash

He was taken off the halfpipe by paramedics.

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Japan's Yuto Totsuka was taken off the snowboarding halfpipe by paramedics yesterday in PyeongChang, reports. The 16-year-old landed on the lip of the pipe while coming down from a gigantic jump.

According to , Totsuka was taken to the hospital for a CT scan of his hip. Though his exact condition hasn't been confirmed, Japan's press officer said yesterday the snowboarder has "no big injury." Totsuka appeared to be moving on his own when the paramedics came to put him on a stretcher.

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Japan’s press officer says Yuto Totsuka has “no big injury”but pain in his hip and was transported to the hospital.

— Rachel Axon (@RachelAxon)

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Media present at the event noted the crowd went silent after the fall.

Crowd stunned in silence as Japan's Yuto Totsuka is hurt in the halfpipe, about to be stretchered out. The Oly feed isn't showing anyone any replays.

— John Branch (@JohnBranchNYT)

Scary scene at the halfpipe. Medics tending to Japan's Yuto Totsuka, who bounded off the lip and fell all the way down the pipe face-first. He was moving, but getting dragged off on a stretcher.

— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP)

We're hoping for a speedy recovery for Totsuka's.

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