After competing in the men's halfpipe for his native Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympics, Iouri Podladtchikov, aka Ipod, competed at the 2010 Vancouver Games under Switzerland's flag. The talented halfpiper moved to Switzerland with his family when he was eight years old. In his Olympic debut in Torino, Ipod finished 37th in the halfpipe, but finished fourth in 2010. Ipod won the World Snowboard Championships in 2013 for halfpipe.
- 2012 Dew Tour, Year-end standings - 2nd
- 2012 Dew Tour, Ogden, UT - 2nd
- 2012 Dew Tour, Killington, VT - 1st
- 2012 Winter X Games - 2nd
- 2011 Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO - 3rd
- 2011 FIS World Cup, Saas-Fee, SUI - 1st
- 2011 Burton New Zealand Open, Cardrona, NZ - 3rd
- 2011 TTR World Tour, Year-end standings - 2nd
- 2011 FIS World Cup, Arosa, SUI - 1st
- 2010 Winter X Games - 2nd
- 2010 Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO - 2nd
Things To Know:
1. Speaks four languages: Russian, German, English and some French.
2. Started skateboarding before snowboarding. Nowadays, Podladtchikov gives back to the skating community in Switzerland with his annual Iouri and the Kids Skate Tour, which visits major Swiss cities in the summer. Ipod organizes and pays for special kids days at skate parks, where young kids have full reign to skate wherever they want, and he also provides barbecue food and an ice cream truck.
3. Ipod's mother Valentine, a mathematician at an insurance company and his father, Yuri, a geophysicist PhD at the University of Lausanne, did not support his snowboarding early on, despite them knowing how far ahead of the pack he was. "At every dinner table I’d have to hear how it’s stupid what I do. It’s the opposite story of what usually happens when someone gets good at something and you get the support. It was even worse because as I was getting better and better they were saying at some point I’d have to stop and forget the crap. But I have such a stubborn head, I just kept going.” Even after he competed in the Olympics, his parents were still looking at his grades.