Swiss Newcomer Anthamatten Wins Freeride World Tour Sochi Stop

Swiss Newcomer Anthamatten Wins Freeride World Tour Sochi Stop

Swiss Newcomer Anthamatten Wins Skiers
Nissan Russian Adventure Sochi 2011

The Best Riders on the Best Mountains in the Ultimate Freeride Competition

Ski Men: 1/ Samuel Anthamatten (SUI) 2/ Aurélien Ducroz (FRA) 3/ Stefan Hausl (AUT)

Rosa Khutor, Sochi, Russia – March 6, 2011 – With two contest days of bluebird skies and perfect Caucasian powder, the Freeride World Tour athletes enjoyed great conditions at the fourth stage of the Freeride World Tour. At the Rosa Khutor ski station, the future alpine site of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, Swiss skier Samuel Anthamatten and Austrian snowboarder Flo Orley took home the gold. Both winners have again overturned the overall Freeride World Tour ranking 2011. They are now leading the overall ranking, with two more contests to go before the 2011 Freeride World Champions will be determined in Verbier, Switzerland, 19 March.

Riders started early this morning to take advantage of a brief weather window for the second day of the Nissan Russian Adventure Sochi 2011. The great conditions in the Caucasian mountains enabled the athletes to put on a great show with playful riding including fluid, fast lines, numerous tricks, impressive backflips and 360s thrown off some massive cliffs.

Ski Men

After Day 1 featured skiers riding oversized rental boots and clothing borrowed from fellow competitors, the men charged ahead on Day 2 after receiving their lost luggage. Because of the missing equipment, riders and organizers had decided that, to be fair, Day 1 results would be eliminated. Only the Day 2 results determined the final score for the skiers. Season wild card Samuel Anthamatten (SUI) takes a first win at the Freeride World Tour with a perfectly stomped line including fast technical skiing and clean landings after all the numerous cliff jumps down the 400 meter face. The 2009 FWT champion Aurélien Ducroz (FRA) placed an impressive second despite a very painful torn quadriceps muscle. Stefan Hausl (AUT) finally took a well-earned podium place as third rider of the day.

Click here for full results of Nissan Russian Adventure Sochi 2011.

Overall Ranking

The men skiers’ 2011 tour is very interesting with new excitement after each contest and an ongoing change of the overall leader. A flabbergasted Anthamatten learnt that he is now leading the overall ranking going into the next stage at Fieberbrunn in Austria, next weekend (12 March), which is the last contest before the finals in Verbier, Switzerland 19 March. Aurélien Ducroz (FRA) is close behind, with Henrik Windstedt (SWE) snapping at his heels. Former leader Jérémy Prévost (FRA) fell today after a massive backflip and has fallen down to 4th place in the overall ranking.

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Samuel Anthamatten (CH): “It’s just great. This was one of the nicest days I have done in competition. We were up there on top at sunrise and then we skied a face with perfect snow conditions. I had a good run, jumping a lot of features and skiing hard in between. I am happy! Today a lot of the best guys took some huge jumps, you had to stomp it clean to get a good score….And for the ranking I just can’t believe it! It’s crazy. I learnt a lot from these guys in the last competitions and it feels really unbelievable to be on top!”

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