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Crashes and wipeouts at the Winter Olympics

Matthias Mayer of Austria crashes out during the Alpine Skiing Men’s Combined at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on February 13, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Epic crashes and wipeouts at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics

With the high-speed nature of many Winter Olympic sports, on-course crashes can be dangerous. Or even deadly, as in the case of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luger who suffered a fatal crash during a training run at the 2010 Winter Games.

Thankfully, most Olympic wipeouts are far less serious. However, in the high-intensity world of the Winter Games, which come along only once every four years, nothing will derail an athlete’s chances of a place on the podium faster than a crash. Here is a look at some of the more epic crashes and wipeouts we’ve seen at the PyeongChang Winter Games so far.