“Wanna be a Queen” contest winners announced, plus a first-look at the Nine Queens course

March 17th, 2014 by

The Wanna be a Queen Online Video Contest is over and the five winners have been invited to join the Suzuki Nine Queens presented by O’Neill in Livigno, Italy from March 26th to 30th 2014. Heading to the chateau will be freeskiers Jamie Crane-Mauzy (USA), Julia Krass (USA) and Zuzana Stromková (SVK). Among the snowboard ladies Christy Prior (NZL) and Klaudia Medlova (SVK) stood out to the jury. Final preparations are taking place for the big welcome of the queens next week on Mottolino Fun Mountain.

Press Release, Livigno, Italy:

The giant castle setup on Mottolino Fun Mountain keeps growing and growing, turning into the perfect feature for the girls to take their sport to the next level. The two huge kickers (22 m and 28 m table) feature a halfpipe in between, which in turn boasts a step-up transfer kicker leading out of the pipe into the landings of the kickers. In addition the setup is garnished with numerous jib elements such as down and kinked stair-sets, a down rail and a cannon gap feature.

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With the addition of the “Wanna be a Queen” winners the riders list is now complete. The young newcomer and US Olympic team rider Julia Krass impressed the judges with a huge variety of different tricks on massive kickers in her edit. Jamie Crane-Mauzy, who last year turned heads at Nine Queens with her attempt to be the first female to stomp a Kangaroo flip, also sent in a winning clip. Welcome Jamie! Third invite goes to Zuzana Stromková, who might be attempting to better her Rodeo 900 from last year.

Out of the snowboard girls, Christy Prior and Klaudia Medlova caught the eye of the judges. Christy Prior claims a well-deserved spot with her solid technique and unique style including a sweet switch 180 method, double backflip and a nollie backside tailslide out on the rail. Klaudia Medlova showed one switch trick after the other, and perhaps, in addition to her switch backside 180 and switch backside rodeo she might try stomping that double backside rodeo at the event!

Riders List (Freeski):
Eva Patscheider, AUT
Virginie Faivre, SUI
Katie Summerhayes, GBR
Kim Lamarre, CAN
Lisa Zimmermann, GER
Maude Raymond, CAN
Silvia Bertagna, ITA
Emma Dahlström, SWE
Grete Eliassen, NOR
Keri Herman, USA
Zuzana Stromková, SVK
Julia Krass, USA
Jamie Crane-Mauzy, USA

Riders List (Snowboard):
Anna Gasser, AUT
Spencer O’Brien, CAN
Enni Rukajärvi, FIN
Jamie Anderson, USA
Nadja Purtschert, SUI
Silje Norendal, NOR
Jenny Jones, GBR
Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas, NOR
Elena Könz, SUI
Kristiina Nisula, FIN
Birgit Rofner, AUT
Klaudia Medlova SVK
Christy Prior NZL

The program at a glance:

March 26th–28th: non-public photo and film shoots
Saturday, March 29th, 10am–3pm: Big Air competition, 3pm: Prize giving
Sunday, March 30th from 10pm: Afterparty in Miky’s Pub

Find further details about the event and the Wanna be a Queen Online Video Contest on ninequeens.com and on Facebook.

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A 24-year-old Montana native, Shane Dowaliby is the Video Editor here at Freeskier.