Iouri Podladtchikov

Switzerland SUI

Snowboard

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Turin 2006
  • Year of Birth
    1988
Olympic Results

Biography

Iouri Podladtchikov

In one of the biggest shocks of the 2014 Winter Games,Iouri Podladtchikov was crowned Olympic snowboard halfpipe champion in Sochi thanks to an audacious new trick, toppling the US rider Shaun White from his place as king of the discipline.

New tricks

On 11 February 2014 in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Podladtchikov started his second run in the snowboard halfpipe final. Halfway down a so-far faultless run he successfully landed a cab double cork 1440 – two backflips, four complete rotations, riding switch with a backwards takeoff. He christened the trick, which only he has done, the YOLO (“You Only Live Once”) flip and admit-ted that he invented it in 2012 to impress a girl!

That night it was the judges, the crowds and everyone watching at home who were stunned by the height and audacity of the trick. The run earned 25-year-old Podladtchikov the Olympic gold medal, as he outshone the reigning champion Shaun White.

Now or never

“I was really ambitious, I could feel it. I told myself, ‘You’ll make it, and if you don’t try it you’ll regret it for the rest of your life’,” the Swiss gold medallist revealed after the run.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sochi 2014

G
Halfpipe
Halfpipe Snowboarding
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Vancouver 2010

#4
Halfpipe
Halfpipe Snowboarding
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Turin 2006

#37
Halfpipe
Halfpipe Snowboarding