Iouri Podladtchikov wowed the world when he took top honors at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and earned the gold medal in men’s halfpipe. While Iouri, also known as Ipod, has been a contender on the halfpipe competition circuit for years, it was a defining moment for him and pipe competition in general as he unseated Shaun White, who was the favorite to win. SNOWBOARDER Creative Director Pat Bridges had a chance to sit down with Ipod during the X Games and chat with the Russian-Swiss snowboarder in this pre-Olympics interview.