Markus Schairer set for miraculous return after broken neck at PyeongChang 2018

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Markus Schairer suffered one of the worst crashes in the history of Winter Olympic Games.

The Austrian broke his neck during snowboard cross quarter-finals at PyeongChang 2018.

Schairer fell directly on his back, snapping his head back as he hit the ground.

But just six months later he is getting closer to his return to the snow, hoping to resume training soon.


“I’m still motivated. Even if I still feel tweaks here and there in my body,” the 31-year-old said in a Austrian Snowboard and Skicross Federation press release.

“But that’s just how it is at my age.”

‘Terminator’ no stranger to injury

The former snowboard cross world champion has experience with bad crashes.

An incident at the 2010 X Games resulted in five broken ribs, while in 2013 he tore four ligaments in his left shoulder.

However his crash in South Korea was of a far more serious nature, despite the fact that he was able to finish the race.

Schairer was transported back to Austria for surgery and despite fracturing his fifth cervical vertebra, he managed to avoid long-term damage.

Following surgery Scharier demonstrated the optimistic spirit that has undoubtedly helped him recover from previous injuries.

“Everything went well. My neck has got a new jewel now – pretty much like the terminator. I know that hard times are coming, but i’m ready,” he wrote on Instagram.

The road to recovery for Markus Schairer

The three-time Olympian made a remarkable recovery and ran the ‘Wings for Life’ World Run in May.

Schairer is now focused on getting back to snowboard cross soon.

“I’m curious how the first days back on snow will work.”

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Author: Andrew Binner
Andrew is an Olympic Channel news producer and perennially-injured winger.