Winter X Games 2013 Video: Halldor Helgason Sustains Concussion in Huge Crash

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 26, 2013

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 30:  Eiki Helgason of Iceland takes the podium for the gold medal after a perfect score in the Snowboard Big Air at Winter X Games 14 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 30, 2010 in Aspen, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Halldor Helgason of Iceland landed hard during the snowboard Big Air final in the 2013 Winter X Games on Friday.

The 22-year-old failed to complete a triple backflip on an 80-foot jump in the Big Air challenge, slamming down on the ground and hitting his head on the ice.

Helgason regained consciousness and was able to respond to the medical staff, according to USA Today. He reportedly sustained a concussion and was transferred to Aspen Valley Hospital.

This is just another reminder of how dangerous these competitions are. These athletes put their safety on the line every time they go for a big score and they knowingly risk bodily harm to do what they love. 

It's easy to sit back and admire the spins and electric moves Winter X Games competitors pull off, but it's not until something like this happens that we realize how brave and daring they are. 

Helgason won the gold medal in the Big Air competition in the 2010 Aspen Games, making him the first Icelander to medal in the event and proving to be one of the best snowboarders in the world. 

But he didn't make it out of the first heat of the Big Air event in the 2011 Winter X Games and failed to post a complete run in the Slopestyle, and the jury was still out as to how he would perform in 2013.

Here's hoping Helgason is alright and that he can get back on the slopes in no time.