Australian teen’s Olympic hopes end with a brutal face plant and bloodied nose: Snowboarder Emily Arthur, 18, crashes out during half pipe finals

Australian snowboarder Emily Arthur had her Winter Olympic dreams dashed on Tuesday after falling face first during the half-pipe final. 

Emily, 18, had performed a back side 540 degree rotation off the half pipe, and appeared to land it moments before she toppled over into the snow at the Bokwang Phoenix Snow Park.

She stood up with blood pouring from her nose as a medical team rushed to her side. 

The teenager had been a promising entrant in the finals, and has been spruiked as a younger Torah Bright, who is considered one of the country’s best snowboarders.  

Australian snowboarder Emily Arthur (pictured) had her Olympic dreams dashed on Friday after face planting during the half-pipe final

Australian snowboarder Emily Arthur (pictured) had her Olympic dreams dashed on Friday after face planting during the half-pipe final

The 18-year-old had completed a back side 540 degree rotation, but fell during the landing

The 18-year-old had completed a back side 540 degree rotation, but fell during the landing

She put her hands out to steady herself, but did not manage to stay upright, and landed on her face

She put her hands out to steady herself, but did not manage to stay upright, and landed on her face

Her mother told the Daily Telegraph the fall would not have upset her daughter, who had only dreamed of making the finals at the PyeongChang Games.

‘What a dream this is, first Olympics and her goal was just to make the final,’ she said. 

‘She has ticked that box [and] everything from here is a bonus. Absolutely. Making it to the finals we couldn’t be happier.’

The woman revealed Emily found competition ‘more relaxing’ than a practice session, and ‘just loves’ competing. 

The accomplished snowboarder was left with a bloody nose and a sore lip after what appeared to be a nasty fall

The accomplished snowboarder was left with a bloody nose and a sore lip after what appeared to be a nasty fall

Blood was seen pouring from her nose and mouth when she picked herself back up

Blood was seen pouring from her nose and mouth when she picked herself back up

Emily told Channel 7 her lips and nose were sore after the massive fall, and she might have a slight concussion.

Depite finishing 11th overall in the half pipe final on Friday afternoon, she said she was ‘stoked’ with the result.  

‘I’m good and I’m alive,’ she said.

‘Got a real swollen left eye when I look around, but I’m fine, I’m happy just being here.’

Despite wiping out in dramatic fashion, Emily's mother said the teenager had achieved her dream just by making the final

Despite wiping out in dramatic fashion, Emily’s mother said the teenager had achieved her dream just by making the final

The Australian finished the competition in 11th place, but said she was 'happy just being here'

The Australian finished the competition in 11th place, but said she was ‘happy just being here’

 

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