Podladtchikov sends out message he’s ‘doing OK’ after X Games crash
Iouri Podladtchikov, who took a nasty spill Sunday night in the X Games snowboard halfpipe finals, has posted that he is “doing OK” after the crash and thanked fans for their well wishes.
Also know as “iPod,” Podladtchikov crashed at the bottom of the Buttermilk superpipe during his second run. He had to be taken out of the venue on a stretcher and transported to the hospital.
He had a broken nose, but all other scans were showed no signs of brain or neck injuries.
At about 4 a.m. Tuesday, the Olympic halfpipe champion tweeted a photo from his hospital room saying “a little bruised.” There are cuts to his face.
a little bruised ? pic.twitter.com/4PHbz28N8f
— Iouri Podladtchikov (@iouriamazing) January 30, 2018
In another tweet Monday afternoon, he wrote: “hello everyone! thank you so much for all the messages, i am so sorry for the mess of yesterday.. i am doing ok, thank you for takin care of me and congratulations to Ayumu for his win!”
Japan’s Ayumu Hirano won Sunday’s event with a 99-point run, just ahead of Australia’s Scotty James and Ben Ferguson of Oregon.
Podladtchikov did not say if he will be able to compete at the Olympics. The men’s halfpipe contest starts Feb. 13.
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