Iouri Podladtchikov

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Iouri Podladtchikov
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Personal information
Born (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 28)
Podolsk, Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg)
Sport
Sport Snowboarding

Iouri Iourеvich Podladtchikov (Russian: Юрий Юрьевич Подладчиков, born 13 September 1988) is a Russian-born Swiss snowboarder. He rides goofy stance.[1] He has competed since 2000. In Sochi he won the gold medal for the halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Career[edit]

Russian-born Podladtchikov grew up in Davos, Switzerland, and started snowboarding in 2000. He changed nationality after competing for Russia in Turin at age 17. In the final rankings he was 37th.

Graduated from Sports High Pool Davos in 2008. Podladtchikov, known on the circuit as I-Pod, won the halfpipe World Cup title in 2008. In December 2008, he won the Zurich Sports Award Team/Individual athlete.[2] He won silver at Winter X Games XIV in 2010.

In 2013, he won the gold medal at the FIS Snowboarding World Championship. He placed fourth at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for Switzerland. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, he won the gold medal in the men's halfpipe.

At the Winter X Games Europe in 2010, Podladtchikov successfully landed a Double McTwist 1260, putting him in first place with a score of 98.00, the second highest in Winter X Games history. Podladtchikov is the only other person in the world besides Shaun White, Ben Stewart, and Markus Malin that has landed a Double McTwist 1260.

Podladtchikov also competes regularly at major events on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour. He finished the 06/07 season as world no. 6 on the Swatch TTR World Ranking List and had five top-10 finishes on the TTR Tour in 07/08. His 2009/10 season on the TTR Tour has been successful, with two wins at Swatch TTR halfpipe events, the 6Star O'Neill Evolution 2010 and the 5Star Burton Canadian Open. His win came after a couple of second places at the Dew Tour and Winter XGames. He finished the 2009/10 season as world no. 2, right behind TTR World Tour Champion, Peetu Piiroinen of Finland.

Pepe Regazzi and Marco Bruni are his Swiss coaches.

His nickname is IPod, taken from the vowel i of his first name and the first syllable of his last name.

First rider to perform a Cab double cork 1440° in a halfpipe competition, a move he called the "YOLO Flip" meaning You Only Live Once. This trick is a derivative of the Haakon Flip created by Terje Haakonsen in the early 1990s, which is essentially hitting a transition switch stance and performing a frontside 180° back to your regular stance and then into a McTwist (originated by the skateboarder Mike McGill), which is a backside inverted 540° spin: so in total it is a spin with two full rotations into a 720°.

Variations of this have evolved from 540°, 720°, 900°, 1080°, 1260° and now the 1440°. Professional skateboarder and athlete Danny Way performed a version of the Haakon Flip on a skateboard on a halfpipe with minimal recognition several years prior to its being introduced into the snowboard world.

Best event results[edit]

  • Winter Olympic Games
  • 2014, Gold Medal, Men's Halfpipe Sochi Russia*
  • 2010 4th Place, Men's Halfpipe Vancouver Canada
  • TTR
  • 2009, 3rd Place, 6Star Burton European Open Halfpipe
  • 2008, 3rd Place, 4Star Fiat Rock the Spot Halfpipe
  • 2008, 4th Place, 6Star Burton European Open Halfpipe
  • 2007, 2nd Place, 6Star O'Neill Evolution Halfpipe
  • 2007, 2nd Place, 6Star Burton European Open Halfpipe
  • FIS-World Cup
  • 2009, 2nd Place, Halfpipe Cardrona NZE World Cup
  • 2007, 1st Place, Halfpipe, Saas Fee World Cup
  • 2007, 1st Place, Halfpipe, Saas Fee Europa Cup

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