Horrific crash mars slopestyle final at Sochi – video
Kate Summerhayes seventh, as Yuki Tsubota suffers suspected broken jaw – GRAPHIC CONTENT
CONCERNS over the safety of the slopestyle course at the Winter Olympics in Sochi came to the fore once again as a horrific crash involving Canadian skier Yuki Tsubota overshadowed the final of the women's event.
Canadian teenager Dara Howell claimed gold and Britain missed out on a second medal when Katie Summerhayes finished seventh overall, but the abiding image of the final was of a gruesome crash that left 20-year-old Tsubota apparently unconscious on the snow with a suspected broken jaw.
The Canadian appeared to crash her head into her knee when she landed badly during her second run, and had to be stretchered off the piste.
Other competitors, including Summerhayes, were quick to offer their support to the Canadian, who failed to get enough distance on her final jump and landed on a flat part of the course.
Thanks so much everyone for the support and sending my best wishes to @yuki_tsubota
— Katie Summerhayes (@suummerhayes) February 11, 2014
Professional snowboarder Chanelle Sladics, a slopestyle medal winner at the X-Games raised concerns about the safety of the course, which had already prompted snowboarding superstar Shaun White to withdraw from the competition.
— Chanelle Sladics (@ChanelleSladics) February 11, 2014
Tsubota was not the only competitor to come to grief during the competition. Summerhayes fell during her first run and another Canadian medal hope Kaya Turski also fell.
"The course was running slow thanks to slushy conditions Tuesday afternoon, and both Turski and Tsubota came up slightly short," explains Yahoo.
British snowboarders Ben Kilner and Dom Harington also crashed during the halfpipe qualification and failed to make the semi-finals.