Iouri Podladtchikov. PHOTO: Frode Sandbech

Age: 21

Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland

Stance: Goofy

Board team: Volcom

Recent results: 1st place at 2010 Burton Canadian Open pipe, 2nd place at 2010 Winter X Games pipe, 3rd place at Burton European Open pipe. A big air win at Freestyle.CH and a Superpipe second place at the Cardrona World Cup.

Olympic outlook: Born in Moscow and raised in the Swiss Alpine village of Davos, this half-Russian, half-Swiss rider has never-ending stocks of energy and a burgeoning talent that definitely reached podium potential last season. Not only is he consistent and smooth, he goes big and he’s got great style. Armed with a Cab ten double-cork and a double-Michalchuk—plus the dizzying front ten to Cab 1080 combo—I-Pod is a fierce contender. He’s actually a former Olympian, too—he attended the 2006 Games for Russia and landed in 37th place. This time around, he’s repping Switzerland and looking for a much higher spot on the results roster.

Potential downfall: Although he has former Olympics experience, he doesn’t have former Olympics finals experience, but he did give everyone a run for their money including Shaun at the 2010 X Games—arguably a preview for the Olympics.

Check out Iouri’s winning run at the 2010 Burton Canadian Open: