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Canadian freeskier crashes hard in ski slopestyle final

Feb 11, 2014, 5:52 AM EDT

The excitement of the inaugural women’s Olympic ski slopestyle final was brought to a devastating halt after Canadian rider Yuki Tsubota suffered a vicious crash in her second and last run on the Rosa Khutor course.

Running fifth after her first run, Tsubota was aiming to climb into medal position when she landed hard on her final jump, went briefly airborne, and came back down again before sliding to a stop.

Replays appeared to show that her head made contact with her knee on first impact, which also caused her to lose a ski and her goggles.

VIDEO: Watch the crash here

The latter piece of gear could be seen rolling down the slope as course workers quickly rushed to her aid. She was eventually carried off on a gurney.

Early media reports, including those from CBC reporter Carly Agro, Denver Post writer Jason Blevins, and National Post (Canada) writer Bruce Arthur, indicate that Tsubota suffered a jaw injury but will otherwise be okay.

Tsubota’s Canadian teammates, Dara Howell and Kim Lamarre, went on to win gold and bronze in the final. Team USA’s Devin Logan took the silver.

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Tsubota fell on her last run in the women’s ski slopestyle final. Photo: Getty Images

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The impact caused Tsubota to lose one of her skis as well as her goggles. Photo: Getty Images

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Course workers quickly attended to the injured Tsubota when she slid to a stop after her crash. Photo: Getty Images.

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Medical personnel carry Tsubota off on a gurney. Photo: Getty Images.

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