Two-time Olympian Torin Yater-Wallace suffered double broken heels in a ski halfpipe fall at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colo., on Sunday, according to his social media.
Yater-Wallace, 23, took the wrong angle off a takeoff on the final feature of a modified halfpipe course, landing near the flat bottom and collapsing to the snow. He was tended to for about 15 minutes before being taken off on a sled.
“He had the heaviest landing I’ve ever seen,” was posted on double Olympic champion David Wise‘s social media. “I had just finished my run and got to him very quickly, he was in serious pain with his heels, but his back and head were ok.”
Images of Yater-Wallace in a medical center bed were posted on his Instagram on Monday with the caption, “got straight bodied.”
“Glad the first surgery went well and good luck with the next one,” was posted by Olympic teammate Gus Kenworthy’s account.
Before the fall, NBC Sports analyst Luke Van Valin said Yater-Wallace was looking to switch his full-time focus from halfpipe to slopestyle.
Yater-Wallace finished ninth and 26th in the 2014 and 2018 Olympic ski halfpipe events, coming back from health scares to make each team.
In 2014, he recovered from a collapsed lung during a physical therapy session and broken ribs at the first Olympic qualifier to make the first Olympic ski halfpipe team.
For PyeongChang, he had to come back from a mysterious illness that put him on life support two years earlier.
Yater-Wallace made four X Games podiums, most recently taking bronze last season, and took silver at the 2013 World Championships.
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