Matt Ladley had big plans for the X Games, but it all evaporated quickly for the Steamboat Springs half-pipe snowboarder in a freak accident on a training run Sunday night before the super-pipe finals began on ESPN.
Ladley’s foot broke free from his board’s binding as he flew threw the air. He landed on a fence directly in front of a large crowd gathered to watch the X Games finale event.
He withdrew from the competition and was taken to a local hospital.
“I’m alright. I’m a little concussed,” he said by phone Sunday night. “I went into a CAT scan. I had some stuff going on with my vision there.”
Ladley’s injury and exit put a damper on what was otherwise one of the best weeks in Steamboat Springs snowboarding history. The Winter Sports Club had riders win one World Championship, place second in another and earn a third-place finish in the women’s super-pipe at the X Games.
“We are pretty darn proud of our riders,” program director Jon Casson said. “This wasn’t the end we had hoped for, but all sports are about working through ups and downs. ... I’m bummed for Matt. I’ve never seen anything happen like that before.”