Snowboarder I-Pod breaks nose again in halfpipe comeback

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Former Olympic champion Iouri Podladtchikov has broken his nose again after crashing in a snowboard halfpipe World Cup comeback.

Switzerland’s ski federation says in a statement that Podladtchikov also sustained a concussion in the heavy fall at the Secret Garden event in China on Friday.

Footage of the fall showed the 30-year-old snowboarder — known as I-Pod — catch the top edge of the halfpipe with his board. His face then struck the hard snow.

The Swiss team says Podladtchikov will have further medical tests in Switzerland.

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The Russia-born Swiss also broke his nose at the Winter X Games in Colorado in January.

Though he traveled to the Pyeongchang Olympics, Podladtchikov did not defend the halfpipe title he won at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games where two-time defending champion Shaun White of the United States was fourth.

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