Snowboarder Shaun White lay flat on the ground with medics hovering over him to assess any injuries after he fell Thursday, Jan. 16 in the third day of qualifying for the Winter Olympics.
The American team was showing off their skills for the slopestyle snowboarding competition in Mammoth Mountain, Calif. when the accident happened.
White hit the second of the big-air jumps on the course but was unable to execute the full maneuver and didn't land it, causing him to fall forward and land face first before skidding to a stop. He remained almost motionless for a few moments until help arrived and aborted the remainder of the run. The announcer said the accident was a "brutal scoprion" and a "shoulder separator" crash for White.
White still has a shot at making the American team. There are three automatic spots on the team that will come from the five days of qualifying and Thursday was only Day 3. So far none of the spots has been secured and are all still available.
White entered Day 3 in first place overall but his rough runs (he crashed in the first run as well but did not have to abort) dropped him to fourth place with two events to go. He is also still in qualifying for the halfpipe competition in which he has won the last two gold medals -- back in 2006 in Torino and in 2010 in Vancouver.
The Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia.