Even Olympic Skiers Sometimes Pay a Price

Every Olympics, there are a few reminders that even the best skiers and snowboarders in the world can pay a price for their alpine passions, especially when they’re pushing the edge of how fast they can go. In many ways, this is our favorite kind of wipe out. What seemed brutal in the moment resulted in no big injury. It still earns mad respect from The Black and Blue Room. On the other hand, we’re also sure Totsuka must be disappointed that he wasn’t able to medal. We sincerely wish him a full and speedy recovery and a lot of success in his future pursuits in the Olympics and snowboarding. He’s only 16, after all!


Japanese snowboarder Yuto Totsuka. PyeongChang 2018. (Getty Images)