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The most dangerous sports in the Winter Olympic Games revealed.

We all know the Winter Olympic sports carry a high risk of injury.

But there are some that have proven to be more dangerous than others as we look back at the previous two Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang and Sochi.

Watching the Olympics on television we see the extreme highs as athletes achieve the amazing, having put their bodies through heavy training for these extreme sports.

We also see hopes dashed and, worse, injuries sustained.

First4LawyersCommon Olympic Injuries

Over the 2014 and 2018 Games, 1 in 10 athletes were injured.

So, what is the sport to have notched up the largest number injuries?

It's Snowboard Cross.

We saw Austrian snowboarder Markus Schairer break his neck in the quarter-final of the PyeongChang Games.

Take a look here at highlights (not the break) from the 2018 events:

During the 2014 Games in Russia, 34% of snowboard cross participants were injured.

But an even bigger number of freestyle skiers at the 2014 Sochi Olympics were injured:


This wide variety of injuries show the many risks athletes take.

Personal injury law specialists, First4Lawyers, have delved into the last two Winter Olympic Games and have come up with some stats and figures about injury.

11.2% of athletes experienced at least one injury during these Games.

The most common of these injures were:
  • broken limbs
  • brain trauma
  • concussion
  • torn ligaments
  • shattered knees 
  • fractured spinal cord

Snowboard Cross statsSnowboard Cross stats

At the Sochi Games there were an average of 187 hand and finger injuries, 30 head injuries and 26 injuries to the neck or upper back.

It's not just the snowboarding cross event causing the injuries.

Team GB's Katie Ormerod saw her 2018 Olympic dreams finish before they'd even begun.

The snowboarder shattered her wrist and ankle during training for the slopestyle.

Go to PlanetSKI pages below for the lowdown on the recent Games:

Dangerous sports from Sochi GamesDangerous sports from Sochi Games

Across all snowboarding disciplines, 16% of snowboarders were injured over two Olympics.

42% of these were cranial injuries.

A further 42% were knee injuries.

And what about on the ice?

Research carried out by First4Lawyers reveals that the most dangerous is bobsleigh.

1 in 5 were injured at Sochi and PyeongChang.

Hurtling down an icy track at speeds of 80mph or more - we can imagine...

These are brave Olympians.


The sports we have seen and the sports we do on snow and ice are dangerous.

Take care on holiday and on the slopes.

And ensure you are covered.

Injury at the Sochi GamesInjury at the Sochi Games

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