SOCHI SCENE: Gotta be the gloves

February 12, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Even though the Olympic-winning snowboard didn't have his name on it, Jake Burton found a way to get his hands in on the action.

Iouri Podladtchikov's gloves: Worn by Burton.

The inventor of the modern snowboard ran into Podladtchikov at the Burton European Open in January, and noticed a hole in one of I-Pod's gloves.

''I gave him mine,'' Burton said shortly after Podladtchikov's gold-medal win Tuesday night. ''He rode in them tonight. He's my glove buddy.''

The gold-medal gloves are hardly the only gift Burton has bestowed upon snowboarding. In fact, this sport probably wouldn't exist if it weren't for the 59-year-old entrepreneur's decision to take a contraption then called the ''Snurfer'' and turn it into the modern-day snowboard.

He started mass producing them and snowboarding is a billion-dollar industry these days, now making its fifth appearance at the Olympics.

I-Pod is standing on top of that world.

''A great guy. An entertainer. The crowd loves him. He's a great snowboarder,'' Burton said. ''He can do it all. I'm proud of him. I think he's great for the sport.''

- By Eddie Pells - Twitter http://twitter.com/epells

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