Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov set for knee surgery

GENEVA -- Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov will have surgery after suffering a serious knee injury at the snowboard world championships.

The Swiss ski federation said Tuesday that Podladtchikov tore the ACL in his right knee during his silver-medal-winning performance on Saturday in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

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Iouri Podladtchikov, the 2014 gold medalist in the men's Olympic snowboard halfpipe competition, will have surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

The 28-year-old snowboarder, known as I-Pod, will have the operation on Thursday in St. Moritz.

Podladtchikov should return in time to defend his Olympic title next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the Swiss team said in a statement.

The Russia-born Podladtchikov took gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics when two-time defending champion Shaun White of the United States was fourth.

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