All week, Olympic snowboarders have been expressing their concerns with the slopestyle course and during the women’s qualification on Thursday, Norway’s Kjersti Buaas showed us all why.
Buaas took off from a jump awkwardly and landed face-first on the slope. She bounced once before sliding the rest of the way down the hill.
[ Video: Norway’s Kjersti Buaas suffers brutal crash ]
Luckily for Buaas, the crash appeared worse than the injuries she sustained. Buass posted on her various social media accounts that she suffered a ruptured muscle, but was otherwise OK.
Apparently, a ruptured muscle in the snowboarding world is the equivalent to a hangnail.
" Oh snap...That was a real scare!!! Good news is that I only ruptured a muscle... I am so grateful it's nothing worse, even though I have some severe pain in my stomach and back... #sochi2014 #olympics #worstslamofmylife #thankful #”
Buaas is the first snowboarder to be injured during actual competition, but Norway’s Torstein Horgmo suffered a broken collarbone during training and Marika Enne of Finland suffered a concussion after hitting her head on the course during practice. American Shaun White pulled out of the event after suffering a jammed wrist during practice and fearing for his safety on the course.
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