Snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the halfpipe, was hospitalized Sunday after he crashed face-first into the snow while trying to complete a 1,260-degree flip at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.
The snowboarder known as I-Pod stayed on the ground for about 20 minutes after the crash as emergency personnel worked to stabilize him.
Scans for brain and neck injuries came back negative, the Associated Press reports , and the X Games said Podladtchikov was “alert and conversing” in a statement.
It’s a trick that few have been able to replicate, among them American Shaun White, and now is seen as the gold standard for Olympic medal success.
Podladtchikov has been getting his knee back into shape after tearing his right ACL at the world championships 10 months ago.
- Olympic champ Iouri Podladtchikov suffers nasal fracture in X GamesKSDK
- Olympic champ I-Pod suffers broken nose after scary wreckCharlotte Observer
- Snowboarder louri Podladtchikov stretchered off after taking horrible fall in ...The Comeback
- Skip X Games? For most athletes, not a chanceSummit Daily News
- Snowboarder referred to as 'I-Pod' set to defend Olympic goldKaplan Herald