Russian slopestyler receives thousands of texts, sexts

Russia's Alexey Sobolev poses lying in the snow at the finish line during the men's slopestyle...

Russia's Alexey Sobolev poses lying in the snow at the finish line during the men's slopestyle snowboarding qualifying session at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor February 6, 2014. (REUTERS)

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Despite failing to make this weekend’s slopestyle final, Russian snowboarder Alexey Sobolev has garnered most of the headlines after producing an ill-advised stunt the landed him thousands of texts, sexts and nude photos.

The 22-year-old might regret his Olympic performance, but he couldn’t be happier with his decision to display his phone number across his helmet during competition.

As reported earlier, Sobolev said he has received about 2,000 text messages from fans.

He provided a bit more detail to a reporter late Saturday.

"Yeaaah," he told Yahoo! Sports, referring to a photo message he received on his phone. "She is really good."

Although the IOC eventually made him cover his helmet with black tape, Sobolev has received messages from around the world.

"I'm definitely going to call them," he said.

“Most of the messages are good luck messages and messages from the girls. Some of the messages are not appropriate to read aloud.”

He received so many photos – dozens naked – that his iPhone eventually shut down.

Asked where his favourite texts came from, Sobolev didn’t hesitate.

"Russia," he said. "Yesterday, some guys from USA and Canada sent (text messages). Some girls sent me photos. But Russian girls: The best!"

Sobolev finished Sochi’s men’s slopestyle event in 20th overall.


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