Iouri ‘IPod’ Podladtchikov
Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland
Olympic Outlook: IPod is one of the only riders to push Shaun White when became the first to land a Cab 1440 double cork or what he calls the YOLO flip. And although he hasn’t landed one in competition yet, IPod was also the first to ride away from a switch double McTwist 1260, one of the few moves Shaun doesn’t have yet. Back in 2013 IPod qualified first over Shaun White at the Aspen X Games pipe but got sick and couldn’t ride in finals. You can bet he’s gunning for Shaun at Sochi.
Potential Downfall: IPod’s the techest of the tech when it comes to tricks but he doesn’t have the amplitude of the some of the other riders. Boosting airs at Sochi will be a key part of any winning run.