Iouri Podladtchikov Christian Pondella/Red Bull Content Pool

Iouri Podladtchikov, or I-Pod as he is known to his friends, is a demon on a snowboard as well as being pretty tidy on a skateboard. He’ll be rocking the slopes this weekend at the X Games contest in the USA. A man of few words, here’s what he had to say as we fired a few questions his way…

How excited are you about taking part in X Games and what are you most looking forward to?
“I am as excited as a little kid waiting for his favourite ice cream really! It’s been a while and I look forward to the height [of my trick] measuring the most.”

What preparation have you done for the contest? How intensively have you trained and which tricks have you spent the most time refining?
“I did a few events before coming here... nothing special, just refining everything as always.”

What is going to be your secret to getting on the podium in Aspen?
“That’s easy – I am gonna go huge!”

Who are your biggest rivals in each contest? Who are you looking forward to seeing on the snow?
“Rivals is a bad word... but I look forward to seeing what Shaun [White] is gonna show this year, for sure.”

If you could be a pro in any other extreme sport for a day what would you choose?
“Skateboarding. Just because.”

What is next after X Games?
"Two air & style contests in Europe, then European X Games, the US Open and hopefully some filming and freeshredding at home too!”

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