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GENEVA, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov, who competes for Switzerland’s snowboard team, stated that Russia reminds him of my best childhood years .
“I am feeling like a Swiss citizen. I've lived in this country for eight years. However, I like Russia, like the Russian language and cuisine. All this reminds me of my best childhood years,” Podladtchikov said in an interview with Swiss daily newspaper La Tribune de Geneve on Wednesday.
The Swiss snowboarder noted that it was an honor for him to win a gold Olympic medal in his homeland and he also thanked local public for “hot support”. “I am happy that Russian fans support me as their athlete. This was exciting,” Podladtchikov noted.
The Swiss snowboarder became the Olympic halfpipe champion at the Sochi Olympics, gaining 94.75 points in the best final run. Podladtchikov was born in the Moscow regional town of Podolsk on September 13, 1988. Now he lives in the Swiss city of Zurich. He competed for Russia before 2007 and is a member of the Swiss snowboard team since 2010.