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Schairer has concussion, fractured ribs

1/30/2010

ASPEN, Colo. -- World champion snowboarder Max Schairer of Austria was transported to the hospital after a nasty wipeout in the Winter X Games snowboardcross semifinals.

Schairer was diagnosed with a mild concussion, fractured ribs and a chest contusion, according to Aspen Valley Hospital. He was released from the hospital after a CAT scan was negative.

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 said after the crash that Schairer had feeling in all his extremities, was breathing normally but was stabilized and taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.