It's been an amazing hobby over the years — Topcoder's pushed me to challenge myself, introduced me to people around the world, and gotten me in top shape for interviews and contests.
Winning the 2014 International Olympiad in Informatics
Poker, juggling, chess
Dig in — it's a long journey and an awesome ride.
I first heard about Topcoder from my brother in 2010. I'd just gotten started with the USA Computing Olympiad contests and was looking for resources for practice. Pretty soon, though, I started pursuing Topcoder for its own sake, and SRMs have become one of my favorite pastimes.