Even the world’s most talented snowboarders should always wear a helmet. Sarka Pancochova demonstrated exactly why during the women’s slopestyle finals this morning. The Czech boarder took a serious fall, splitting her helmet open.
This fall split open Sarka Pancochova’s helmet, but she seems ok. https://t.co/6LIxHtX6Mh
— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) February 9, 2014
Not only did Pancochova get up, but she got back on her board to ride the rest of the way down.
Czech boarder Sarka Pancochova goes down hard, snaps head back, cracks helmet up the middle–gets up and boards to bottom. Wow. #slopestyle
— Charlie Gillis (@ChasGillis) February 9, 2014
Once she got to the bottom of the hill, her teammates saw up close the reason why they wear helmets.
Czech snowboarder Sarka Pancochova showing why helmets MUST be worn when boarding / skiing. That was a big crack — Chris Johns (@IamChris_Johns) February 9, 2014
— Shazzi (@TheShanTiger) February 9, 2014
Pancochova’s smashed helmet a stark reminder for boarders, bikers, cyclists, etc. Might pay to be cool, but pays to be safe, too #bbcsochi
— Rishi Verma (@rish_vrma) February 9, 2014
On the strength of her first of two runs in the slopestyle finals, Pancochova finished in fifth place.