Professional skier George McQuinn was knocked unconscious after a dangerous fall while competing in the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup in Deer Valley, Utah on Thursday.
The chilling scene was filmed and showed the Team USA mogul rider appearing to bang his head on the final jump of the course. His body then seemed to relax as he slid down the mountain on his stomach, face down.
US freestyle team communications manager Lara Carlton said shortly after the accident that McQuinn had regained consciousness and was “requesting a medical evaluation,” according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
After the crash, McQuinn took to her Instagram Story to share a selfie that showed red cuts on her face, while giving a “thumbs up” gesture.
“Horrible accident today, but I’m fine,” McQuinn wrote on a heartbreaking clip of the accident.
The situation halted competition for 15 minutes and resumed with Canadian Mikael Kingsbury, the world leader and reigning Olympic gold medalist in moguls.
“This one’s for him,” Kingsbury said, according to the Tribune. “I know it was his first super final. He is an exciting skier with a bright future. I just hope he is well and that we can ski together in a super final in the future.
McQuinn was the only American to advance to Thursday’s World Cup mogul super final. The event is Team USA’s final qualifier for the Beijing Winter Olympics, starting Feb. 4.