Sarka Pancochova shatters helmet in violent crash

Czech Republic's Sarka Pancochova carries her smashed helmet after crashing during competition in...

Czech Republic's Sarka Pancochova carries her smashed helmet after crashing during competition in the women's snowboard slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 9, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO)

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One of the first scary moments at the Sochi Games occurred Sunday afternoon when Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova took a nasty spill during the women’s slopestyle competition.

Coming out of a big jump, the 23-year-old Pancochova failed to fully rotate, leading to a fall that saw her head slam into the snow-covered hill.

As emergency services personnel rushed to her aid, Pancochova’s body appeared to briefly go limp before she came to a stop at the bottom of the course.

The back of Pancochova’s helmet split in two as a result of the violent nature of her fall.

She was eventually helped to her feet and completed her final run, finishing fifth courtesy a first-run score of 86.25.

American Jamie Anderson won gold with a score of 92.25.

Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi and Britain’s Jenny Jones finished second and third, respectively.

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