Swiss snowboarder louri Podladtchikov had a nightmare moment during an X Games halfpipe final run on Sunday night in Aspen.
Podladtchikov — a gold medalist in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics — was about to complete a terriifc run in which he’d just completed consecutive 1080 double corks, when he took a devastating fall after getting 17 feet of air.
The 29-year-old appeared to be knocked out and was down and attended to for at least 10 minutes, before being taken off on a stretcher.
This is a terrifying sight:
X Games officials report that Podladtchikov is being evaluated for a head injury.
During second run, @iouriamazing (Iouri Podladtchikov aka IPod) fell hard at bottom of the pipe on his final hit. He was taken to #Aspen hospital & is "being evaluated for a head injury," according to @XGames officials. pic.twitter.com/6z42RsHpP8
— Aspen Times (@TheAspenTimes) January 29, 2018
Update: Podladtchikov had a CT scan that came back negative for a brain or neck injury, but he did suffer a broken nose. If he only suffered a broken nose, that should be considered an incredibly fortunate result with how bad that looked.
Update on Iouri Podladtchikov – @XGames statement said CT scan is negative for brain or neck injury but positive for nasal fracture. “He is alert and conversing and will be kept for observation.”
— Rachel Axon (@RachelAxon) January 29, 2018