Vans is proud to congratulate Iouri “IPod” Podladtchikov for his incredible victory this past month in Sochi. On the world’s largest stage for competitive prowess, Iouri transcended all expectations as he dethroned two-time gold medalist Shaun White for top honors on the podium. Iouri’s impressive performance granted him the winning score and the pride of landing his notorious “YOLO” flip, also known as the Cab 1440, indisputably earning him the gold.
On his win: “The most beautiful thing in life is to see your friends cry of joy, and not even being close to letting that feeling go anytime soon.”
–Iouri Podladtchikov, 2014 Team Switzerland Men’s Snowboarding Halfpipe Gold Medalist
In 2014, Iouri celebrates ten years on the Vans snowboarding team, supported by an elite group of professional snowboarders that continue to progress the evolution of snowboarding for future generations. Hear Iouri’s thoughts on competition in Vans’ exclusive OffTheWall.TV video series Introspect.