How much does pure mathematics help in competitive programming?
Will an IMO medalist get familiar with programming faster than a normal person?
What are the downsides for having a mathematical background in terms of coding and efficiency ( if there exists any )?
Competitive Programming is my first real authentic approach to science, (Yeah, our education system is that bad), so my mathematics is next to zero, what are the mathematical subjects that could help someone directly or indirectly in Programming in general?
Also, in ACM-ICPC style competitions, how does a mathematician contribute to the team exactly?
It would be very interesting to hear about real life examples and so-on :D.