Olympic issue cover unveiled, 2013 Skier of the Year winners announced

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On the brink of freeskiing’s Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia, Freeskier is excited to unveil the cover of this special edition, 2014 Olympic issue (Volume 16.6). This collector’s item, with a cover illustration by Christopher Hotz, is 100 pages thick and packed with Olympic-themed skiing content; enjoy the who, what, when and where in regards to ski slopestyle and ski halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Let this issue be your guide—a coffee table reference point, if you will. And once the Games are through, you’ll want to store this mag in a secure spot—a commemoration of this special year and this exhilarating experience.

Among the feature stories inside: The Wise Man vs. The Wild Man—an in-depth look at the contrasting skiing (and life) styles of two Olympic hopefuls, David Wise and Torin Yater-Wallace. Also, a piece on the state of women’s freeskiing, in which we pose the question: “Is women’s slopestyle skiing sustainable?” Additionally, mini profiles of those we deem to be the contenders; you’ll enjoy getting to know the who’s who of Olympic hopefuls.

Plus, you’ll dig a special Contributors section, celebrating some of the names who helped the sport on its path to Olympic inclusion; our Olympic-oriented Nibblets; a Destination piece on the Rosa Khutor ski area; profiles of McRae Williams and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand; an exploration of the role of coaches in skiing; a breakdown of the ever-heated judging debate, the Epics gallery and more.

2013 SOTY winners:

Of course, the magazine also contains the highly anticipated profiles of our 2013 Skiers of the Year. You voted, we counted: having racked up more than 17,000 votes, we’re thrilled to announce that the men’s crown goes to Henrik Harlaut, now a two-time winner of this award, having earned the distinction in 2011. Harlaut beat out Torin Yater-Wallace in the final round of voting by a margin of 59% to 41%. On the women’s side, the honor goes to Maude Raymond, a first-time winner. Maude unseated the reigning champion, Kaya Turski, by a margin of 66% to 34%. Dive into these SOTY articles to find out what drives the current king and queen of freeskiing.

Freeskier’s 2014 Olympic issue shipped to subscribers on December 20, and will be available on newsstands across the country ($5.99 U.S.) beginning on January 14; the issue will also be available via the iTunes newsstand. New this season, the iTunes pricing has been adjusted; single issues will be available for download at $2.99/issue. You may also opt for a one-year subscription for just $5.99.