What's your favorite thing about competitive programming?
I love meeting new people who share the same passion as myself.
How did you start out in competitive programming?
You can read about my early life introduction to competitive programming by clicking on this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petr_Mitrichev
What's your favorite Topcoder SRM problem and why?
TopCoder SRM 689 medium problem ZeroPointSixThreeSix - it was voted the best problem of 2016 in my blog: https://petr-mitrichev.blogspot.com/2017/01/0636-of-year.html
Who do you think is the most fierce or talented coder at Topcoder and why?
It is hard to judge talent as our sport is a huge mix of talent and practice. If I had to pick one coder, it would obviously be tourist.
About Petr Mitrichev
My bio can be located here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petr_Mitrichev
What do you do when not working?
Play with my 2 year old daughter.
Where do you work? Tell us about your space(s).
I work for Google and Zurich, both are wonderful places to work.
What's the best tip or piece of advice you can share with other members at Topcoder?
Try to use competitive programming as a way to connect with people instead of just solving the problems.
What are you most excited about for this year's TCO Finals?
Meeting old and new friends, and trying to beat them in the competition.
Do you strive to be at TCO every year and if so, why does it matter to you?
Of course! I need to win it every year. ;-)
What was your secret to getting a ticket for the TCO finals more than once?
You can read about the experiences that lead me here by clicking on this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petr_Mitrichev