11/03/2014 | by Alex Burd
As the dust settled on last night’s amazing Olympic Halfpipe the world took stock of Iouri Podladtchikov’s incredible performance that had made him Olympic champion. We’ve collected the best of the internet’s reaction to an incredible night in snowboarding history.
Roger Federer was one of the first to congratulate his countryman.
Snowboard Halfpipe Gold for Switzerland sounds cool! Unglaubliche Run Iouri,I have always loved snowboard,even more after today! #inspiring
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 11, 2014
Mark McMorris was pretty impressed.
— Mark McMorris (@markmcmorris) February 11, 2014
It was seen as some to be a changing of the guard.
— Richard Condliffe (@RichardCondliff) February 11, 2014
While some saw similarities between Iouri Podladtchikov and another familiar face.
Shaun White defeated by Russian snowboarder/Burger King lookalike Iouri Podladtchikov pic.twitter.com/mhH5B5MrtF
— Elle (@ElleOhHell) February 12, 2014
Suddenly even people you wouldn’t expect knew what a YOLO flip was.
#dfabwordoftheday: YOLO. Acronym for "you only live once". Similar to carpe diem. Also a snowboard move invented by Iouri Podladtchikov
— Dave (@DFab1959) February 12, 2014
American athlete, Andrew Wheating, had condolences for Shaun White.
It's ok Shaun White, I still love your performance in Friends With Benefits!
— Andrew Wheating (@AndrewWheating) February 12, 2014
While Nate Abbott wondered if White would fall foul of Russia’s stance on homosexuality.
Shaun's ass to pipe landing might have broken some of Russia's anti-gay laws.
— Nate Abbott (@nabbott) February 11, 2014
This user drew some unusual links between politics and snowboarding – and ignored the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Shaun White won a gold medal when Bush was president. Thanks Obama.
— Thanks Obama (@dangitobama) February 12, 2014
Terje Haakonsen felt that the gold should’ve gone to the Far East.
oh Ayumu Hirano just got ripped off. He forgot the final act. #swisssw
— Terje Haakonsen (@terje_haakonsen) February 11, 2014
Mark McMorris’ brother, Craig, was pretty impressed too.
Ayumu hirano. Bro……. Nice
— CraigMcMorris (@Craig_McMorris) February 11, 2014
The Irish Embassy in Japan also got involved.
Congratulations Japanese Halfpipe silver-medallist Ayumu Hirano, with Ireland's, Seamus Oâ€™Connor (16), among the eventâ€™s youngest entrants!
— Irish Embassy Japan (@IrishEmbJapan) February 12, 2014
Winter X-Games Champion, Danny Davis, apologised for America’s poor showing.
Danny Davis: "We let America down. Sorry, America."
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 11, 2014
But Sage Kotsenburg had an important reminder for us all.
Danny Davis is still your favorite snowboarders favorite snowboarder
— sage kotsenburg (@sagekotsenburg) February 11, 2014
Iouri hasn’t taken to twitter to celebrate his victory just yet.
Just got a text from Iouri Podladtchikov. Stayed up all night partying, slept maybe an hour and still hasn't seen video of his winning run.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 12, 2014
But reminded the world what it had taken for him to take gold.
Congrats Iouri Podladtchikov!
— Snowboarder Magazine (@Snowboardermag) February 11, 2014