Japanese Olympic Ski Jumper Breaks Arm In Brutal Crash (GIF)


Steady rain and dense fog blanketed the Olympic ski jumping venue Tuesday, and the conditions might have been the cause of one of the scarier crashes of the 2014 games.

Japanese skier Taihei Kato, a Nordic combined competitor in Sochi, was unable to find his footing during a run in the ski jumping portion of the event.

Kato originally landed on his feet and even continued to ski down the landing hill for a full five seconds. He was leaning too much on his right leg during the landing, however, causing him to eventually lose his balance and go down hard on the snow.

The skier rag-dolled down the hill before coming to a stop near the bottom. He was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a broken arm, according to The Associated Press, sidelining him for the remainder of the Olympics.

See the frightening crash in the GIF below, courtesy of Business Insider.

Taihei Kato

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