Tests are believed to have shown that Schairer had fractured the fifth cervical vertebra in his neck and he would be returned back home to Austria immediately to undergo further treatment. As he came down from a jump, the athlete's board started tilting upward and as he neared the ground, he landed squarely on his back.
After lying prone on the ground for a few moments, he got back to his feet, but was in pain, and was rushed to the hospital.
The Austrian Olympic committee released a statement after the crash.
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"Neurological impairments are not present", and "consequential damage can now be ruled out", the organization said, adding that he suffered an elbow injury. Judging from the video of the crash, it remains unclear what exactly sent him flailing skyward horizontally - ultimately bouncing off the landing on his back losing his goggles.
Take Austrian snowboarder, Markus Schairer, for example.
Schairer, 30, was in fourth place.
Officials added that Schairer had also endured an elbow injury earlier in the run. He broke five ribs in January 2010 during a Winter X Games event in Aspen. While training in 2013, Markus fractured a joint and tore four ligaments in his left shoulder.