Feb 13, 2018; Pyeongchang, South Korea; Yuto Totsuka (JPN) competes in the halfpipe qualification during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games at Phoenix Snow Park. Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka was taken away on a stretcher after brutally crashing during the finals of the men’s halfpipe event at the Olympics on Wednesday.

Totsuka, who at 16 is the youngest competitor to reach the finals, landed on the top of the halfpipe after catching air on his first maneuver. Totsuka was attempting a double corkscrew and hit the top of the halfpipe on his landing. He then crashed a second time as he fell down the halfpipe before settling in the middle.

A medical team came to assist Totsuka. He had his leg extended as he was being treated.

Totsuka was in ninth place with a score of 39.25 after his first run.

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