Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov will compete in the World Championships in Austria this week and the Winter X Games in Colorado less than a week later, his agent said.
Podladtchikov will do so after undergoing ankle surgery Nov. 27.
Podladtchikov is the reigning World champion in snowboard halfpipe. Rival Shaun White has never competed in the World Snowboard Championships and said last week in a Twitter Q&A that he was “planning on” being at this year’s X Games.
The World Championships snowboard halfpipe qualifying is Friday. The final is Saturday.
The X Games snowboard halfpipe qualifying and final are Thursday, Jan. 22.