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Iouri Podladtchikov Professional Snowboarder Profile

The snowboarder who finally topped Shaun White in the halfpipe

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A gold medal from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Photo credit: Andy Miah

Iouri Podladtchikov’s Background:

Iouri “I-Pod” Podladtchikov achieved snowboarding greatness long before the world saw him win gold in the halfpipe competition at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. In fact, he’d been achieving new heights in the sport since his first competition in 2000 -- 14 years before the world watched him secure the gold medal with his signature yolo flip in Sochi.

Podladtchikov’s snowboarding career started with a move his family made back in the early 90s. Podladtchikov’s father -- a geophysicist -- followed his work out of Russia and to the Netherlands in 1992, then finally on to the place where Podladtchikov would start his snowboarding career -- Davos, Switzerland.  While living in Davos, Podladtchikov’s brother took up snowboarding and Podladtchikov followed in his footsteps. Podladtchikov started competing in 2000, but it wasn’t until years later that he would solidify his place among snowboarding’s greatest athletes.

Just six years after his competitive snowboarding career began and at only 17 years old, Podladtchikov competed in his first Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy. Because he had not received his Swiss citizenship at that time, he competed for his home country of Russia. With a 37th place finish in the 2006 Games -- the same Winter Games in which Shaun White won the gold -- Podladtchikov knew he had a lot of improving to do.

After countless podium placements in other prominent World Tour competitions, Podladtchikov returned to the Winter Olympics in 2010 -- now competing for Switzerland -- and took fourth place at the Games -- just missing the podium and losing once again to snowboarding all-star Shaun White.

The subsequent seasons proved far more promising for Podladtchikov. He ranked second in the Overall World Tour Ranking for the 2010-2011 season and took home the title in the 2011-2012 season as the halfpipe winner on the World Tour. Podladtchikov landed the first-ever McTwist 1260 at the 2010 Winter X Games in Europe and won the Burton European Open in 2012. As Podladtchikov approached his third Winter Olympic Games, it was starting to look like he very well could take home the gold.

Going into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia as the creator of the Yolo flip -- a Cab double cork 1440 -- fans from Switzerland and around the world had high hopes for one of snowboarding’s favorite athletes. After landing back-to-back double corks and his signature yolo flip in his final run of the 2014 Winter Olympics halfpipe competition, Podladtchikov proved that he finally was the best in the world.

Iouri Podladtchikov Quick Facts:

Hometown:

Davos, Switzerland

Birthday:

September 13, 1988

Nicknames:

I-Pod

Resides:

Zurich, Switzerland

Home Mountain:

Davos, Switzerland

Height/Weight:

6’0”, 168 pounds

Discipline:

Halfpipe

Stance:

Goofy

Sponsors:

Quiksilver, Red Bull, Vans

Iouri Podladtchikov Career Highlights:

There’s no denying that Podladtchikov’s biggest career win is his gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but before Podladtchikov became a household name, he took home a number of incredible wins and podium placements.

In 2007, shortly after his 37th place finish in the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy, Podladtchikov took second place in the O’Neill Evolution contest and the Burton European Open, as well as first place in the FIS World Cup halfpipe competition in Switzerland.

In 2009, he placed second at the FIS World Cup halfpipe contest in New Zealand, and in 2010 he took home first place in the O’Neill Evolution contest, the Burton Canadian Open Snowboarding Championships, the X-Games Europe, and the Burton New Zealand Open Snowboarding Championships. His first place finishes didn’t stop there.

From 2011 to 2014, Podladtchikov competed in countless six-star World Tour events and took first place at the FIS World Cup contest in Switzerland twice, the Winter Dew Tour, the World Snowboarding Championships, the Burton European Open twice, the Arctic Challenge and finally, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, where he finally gained the victory over his long-time snowboarding idol, Shaun White.

Iouri Podladtchikov Off the Mountain:

Podladtchikov is more than just an all-star snowboarder. He’s an artist, a designer, a photographer, a traveler, and a shopper. Podladtchikov once described his interest in cars and watches as equivalent to the way women like shoes and purses. He likes shopping in the cities he competes in as well as his home base of Zurich. When he’s not riding, shopping or traveling, you can probably find Podladtchikov someplace taking photos and sharing them on his social media accounts.

Iouri Podladtchikov Contest Results:

Winter X Games:

  • 8th, Halfpipe, Winter X Games Aspen, 2008

  • 9th, Halfpipe, Winter X Games Aspen, 2009

  • 2nd, Halfpipe, Winter X Games Aspen, 2010

  • 2nd, Halfpipe, Winter X Games Aspen, 2012

  • 3rd, Halfpipe, Winter X Games Europe, 2012

  • 8th, Halfpipe, Winter X Games Aspen, 2013

  • 4th, Halfpipe, Winter X Games Tignes, 2013

  • 6th, Halfpipe, Winter X Games Aspen, 2014

TTR World Snowboard Tour:

  • 2nd, Overall World Tour Ranking, 2010

  • 2nd, Overall World Tour Ranking, 2011

  • 1st, Halfpipe World Tour Ranking, 2012

  • 2nd, Halfpipe World Tour Ranking, 2013

Other Notable Placements:

  • 2nd, Halfpipe, FIS World Cup New Zealand, 2007-2008

  • 1st, Halfpipe, FIS World Cup Switzerland, 2007-2008

  • 2nd, Halfpipe, FIS World Cup New Zealand, 2009

  • 4th, Big Air, Billabong Air and Style Innsbruck, 2009

  • 3rd, Halfpipe, Burton European Open, 2010

  • 1st, Halfpipe, Burton Canadian Open Snowboarding Championships, 2010

  • 4th, Halfpipe, Olympic Winter Games, 2010

  • 2nd, Halfpipe, O’Neill Evolution, 2011

  • 1st, Halfpipe, FIS World Cup Switzerland, 2010-2011

  • 1st, Halfpipe, Winter Dew Tour Killington, 2012

  • 1st, Halfpipe, World Snowboarding Championships, 2012

  • 1st, Halfpipe, Burton European Open, 2012

  • 1st, Halfpipe, FIS World Snowboard Championships Canada, 2013

  • 2nd, Halfpipe, Burton European Open, 2013

  • 1st, Halfpipe, The Arctic Challenge, 2013

  • 1st, Halfpipe, Burton European Open Presented by MINI, 2014

  • 1st, Halfpipe, Olympic Winter Games, 2014

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