Austrian snowboardcross champ off to hospital after accident |

Austrian snowboardcross champ off to hospital after accident

Max Schairer, right, of St. Gallenkirch, Austria, is carted downhill after being injured during the snowboarder X men's semifinal at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Mountain outside Aspen, Colo., on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – World champion snowboarder Max Schairer of Austria has been transported to the hospital to test for a concussion after a nasty wipeout in the Winter X Games snowboardcross semifinals.

Schairer, the 2009 champion who is scheduled to compete at the Vancouver Olympics next month, got tangled up in a wreck involving three of the six riders Saturday in a race over a tight course filled with turns and jumps.

X Games medical staff say Schairer had feeling in all his extremities, was breathing normally but was stabilized and taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

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