Russian snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov will be the one to watch in Sochi. This 25-year-old sensation has been making waves in the snowboarding world since 2000. He barely missed the podium at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and hopes to bring home some hardware in Sochi.
10ThingstoSeeSports - Iouri Podladtchikov makes his final run in an attempt to get on the podium during the Men's Snowboard SuperPipe finals at the 18th edition of the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo, File) TIGNES, FRANCE - MARCH 21: Fourth place Iouri Podladtchikov performs during the Men's Snowboard Superpipe final during day four of Winter X Games Europe 2013 on March 21, 2013 in Tignes, France. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images) Swiss Iouri Podladtchikov competes in a Half-Pipe qualifying race during the Snowboarding World Cup Test Event at Snowboard and Free Style Center in Rosa Khutor near Sochi on February 13, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images Switzerland's Iouri Podladtchikov jumps during the Semifinale halfpipe event at the World Snowboard Championships 2012 in Oslo on Feburary 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Krister Soerboe / SCANPIX NORWAY ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 29: Iouri Podladtchikov of Switzerland soars above the pipe as he took second place in the men's snowboard superpipe final during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 29: Shaun White (C) celebrates as he takes the podium for the goal medal in the men's snowboard superpipe final along with Iouri Podladtchikov (L) of Switzerland in second place and Ryo Aono (R) of Japan in third place during Winter X Games 2012 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 29, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. White earned his fifth consecutive gold medal in the event and scored a perfect 100 points on his final run. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)