An interview with sdya

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How did you get to where you are today in the programming world?

A lot of practice and dedication.

What is your best strategy for solving tough marathon problems?

I always try to come up with a reasonable solution which could be implemented very quickly and then I iterate on top of it. Rarely I need to change the idea or algorithm dramatically.

What are you most looking forward to for the TCO Finals?

Attending a TCO Finals event after 5 years of a break. First time competing in the onsite Marathon round. I believe it should be a lot of fun!

Tell us what achievement you are the most proud of.

After making it to the Marathon finals, I'm one of a few people who attended both Algorithm and Marathon finals (different years for me though).

If you wrote your own coder profile, what would it say?

I enjoy working on very difficult challenges quite a lot.

Offline, what is your favorite thing to do?

I love doing track & field and playing basketball.

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