An ice skating competition turned brutal and bloody -- even before it began.
Two figure skaters collided during warmups at the Lexus Cup of China in Shanghai on Saturday, falling dazed to the ice.
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Han Yan of China did not see the other coming as they slammed into each other, Ice Network video shows above. When Hanyu finally got to his feet, blood could be seen dripping down his neck from a nasty cut on his chin as spectators cover their mouths in shock.
After getting checked out off the ice, Hanyu resumed his warmup and appeared disoriented, NBC reported. Meanwhile Han was also treated away from the rink and lay motionless for a while, the network wrote.
But both skaters did manage to complete their skate afterward, according to outlets. Hanyu, the reigning Olympic and world champion, finished second overall despite several falls. He could be seen sobbing afterward.
His coach, Brian Orser, told the Associated Press that he advised Hanyu that this was no time to be a hero, but Hanyu insisted on competing. "I know that tomorrow he's going to feel like he was hit by a car," he said. "Both of these boys are going to feel awful."
Han finished sixth.
A TV broadcast clip of the collision can be seen here that includes more footage of the skaters in the aftermath.