Contenders: Get to know 26 of the top freeskiers competing in Sochi

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Elias Ambühl


Age: 21

Hometown: Masein, Switzerland

This Swiss ripper is best known for his big air prowess, having earned two X Games medals in the discipline, along with first place finishes at the Jon Olsson Invitational, King of Style, and more. Yet, a slopestyle win at the Euro Open in 2011 reminds us Elias can compete with the best of ‘em on the slopestyle side of things, as well. He spins like a rockstar in all four directions, and he lives like a rockstar off the hill, too, sitting behind the wheels of flashy cars and enjoying a bit of celebrity on his home turf—not exactly the standard for a 21-year-old.

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