Russia's Alexey Sobolev stepped out on Thursday morning at the qualifiers sporting his snowboarding suit, bib and a silver helmet bearing his phone number in bright blue digits. By Saturday his cell had given up temporarily, inundated by an avalanche of texts and naked photos from women around the world.
"Most of the messages are good luck messages and messages from the girls," Sobolev told the AP. "Some of the messages are not appropriate to read aloud."
It seems the 22-year-old snowboarder is determined to grab headlines despite failing to make the men's slopestyle finals.
Thursday's slopestyle stunt was paired with a whiff of controversy over his board, which was painted with a woman closely resembling a member of protest punk band, Pussy Riot, who's long been at the center of a political row with the Russian government.
While Sobolev shied away from the attention the caricature on his board has brought, saying he didn't design it and wasn't sure if it was Pussy Riot, he'sRead More »from Snowboarder's Phone Bombarded with Texts, Naked Pics after Putting Number on Helmet