We just heard that Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka had a major fall on the halfpipe today, February 14th. Totsuka reportedly had to be removed on a stretcher and has since been taken to the hospital. He is only 16 years old, making this the first Olympics he’s qualified for.
Totsuka reportedly overshot his trajectory and hit the lip of the halfpipe during his second run, which caused him to fall around 35 feet straight into the snow.
Now for the good news — Totsuka is reportedly okay. A representative from his team reported that while he was suffering from some hip pain, it’s likely that he’s going to be fine after he’s had some time to heal.
The athlete began his snowboarding career at the age of three, after his mother took him to a ski resort. Reportedly influenced by snowboarder Ayumu Hirano, Totsuka had big dreams of winning the gold this year.
Footage of the event is pretty scary to watch, especially since things started out fine for the athlete.
We’re just glad that he’s on the mend and that he wasn’t injured too seriously — especially because it was a potentially very dangerous fall.
We’re hoping that Totsuka won’t let today’s incident on the halfpipe bring him down for too long. He’s a young athlete and has the potential for many more Olympic games (not to mention, qualifying for the Olympics at just 16 is already pretty much life goals).
We look forward to seeing Totsuka back in action in 2022. We believe in you!