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- Freeride World Tour 2012: Next Stop Røldal, Norway



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 A Constantly Progressing Sport:
Newcomers on Top of Ranking at Mid Season

Next Stop Røldal, Norway

Røldal, Norway, February 22 2012 - After three contested stages out of six, the Swatch Freeride World Tour will host its next competition in Røldal, a hidden pearl of southwest Norway. With the four categories men and women, ski and snowboard, the world's best freeride athletes are scheduled to compete Saturday 25 February. Looking at the overall ranking, the most noticeable fact is the top five on the ski men's ranking being season wild cards or newcomers. As a young and constantly evolving sport, it is not surprising that several new athletes on the tour have been showing some consistent, top-level freeriding. Established athletes will need to step up their game to defend their coveted spots.

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The The Swatch Freeride World Tour in Røldal is a new stage on the tour but has been an existing competition since 2001, as the Røldal Freeride Challenge. A Freeride World Tour Qualifier (FWQ) since 2008, Röldal still hosts a FWQ event in end of April. With the interesting terrain and great organisation it has been a popular competition in Scandinavia, attracting the very best. Top international riders like Kaj Zackrisson (SWE), Ane Enderud (NOR), Pia Widmesser (GER), Torgrim Vole (NOR), Emilien Badoux (SUI), Erik Sunnerheim (SWE) and Jaclyn Paaso (USA) have all taken victory in previous editions.

Swiss snowboarder Emilien Badoux, currently 5 th on the FWT ranking, won Røldal in 2010: "I am really happy to go back to Røldal for a FWT stage, meaning the level will be even higher! I don't know what face we will ride and what it will be like this time of the year but the terrain back there is really playful and I think we will see some freestyle moves and a lot of air."

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Will some of the new athletes on the tour keep on charging and hold on to their high rankings or will the established riders come back strong? It is anyone's game and with a new stage of the tour it makes it even more interesting.

Aurélien Ducroz (FRA), 2011 Freeride World Champion ski, had a tough start of the season but is confident after his fourth place in Courmayeur:

"It's cool to see so many new guys pushing the sport and shaking us around a bit. But I've been preparing for the next competition. Everything feels better since Courmayeur and I feel good on my skis. It took some time to get started but I'm getting there. I don't know anything about Røldal but I'm really happy as I've never skied in Norway! It's great to have new stages on the tour and Scandinavia means big freeriding countries. I don't think the guys who previously competed here are favoured, it's our job to inspect new faces and ride them."

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Next Swatch Freeride World Tour stops:
4th stop - Swatch Freeride World Tour, Røldal 2012
Contest date: 25 February;
Location: Røldal (NOR)
Disciplines: Men's and Women's Ski and Snowboard

5th stop -Swatch Freeride World Tour, Fieberbrunn 2012
Contest date: 10 March
Location: Fieberbrunn (AUT)
Disciplines: Men's and Women's Ski and Snowboard

Final and 6th stop -Swatch Freeride World Tour, Verbier 2012
Contest date: 24 March
Location: Verbier (SUI)
Disciplines: Men's and Women's Ski and Snowboard

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WWW.FIS-SKI.COM Edition #372 | 25 January 2012
World Snow Day launches with great success
Sunday, 22nd January 2012 saw the inaugural FIS World Snow Day take place all around the world. 225 events organizers in 39 countries invited children, their families and the general public to enjoy the day through a variety of fun activities in and on the snow.
FIS would like to thank all the participants for joining the global celebration and all the Organizers for their fantastic efforts in staging a great number of events. FIS would also like to thank its partners for all their contributions to the World Snow Day events.

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The Athlete Role Model program played a unique role at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck. FIS was happy to have six former top athletes join the Games to interact with the youth Olympians. Ski Jumper Andreas Küttel (SUI) and Cross-Country Skier Petra Majdic (SLO) made special appearances at the Seefeld arena for the Nordic disciplines. Samppa Lajunen (FIN), a retired Nordic Combined athlete, participated in the Congress Hall's Culture and Education Program (CEP) activities. Snowboarder Nicola Thost (GER) and Freestyle Skier Shannon Happe Bahrke (USA) also participated in the CEP and visited the competitions in Kühtai whilst Marco Büchel (LIE) was in his element at the Alpine venue at Patscherkofel.

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Major World Cup weekend on two continents
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It was another major winter sport weekend last weekend. From Otepää to Zakopane, from Kitzbühel to Kranjska Gora, Schladming, Lake Placid and Veysonnaz, the FIS World Cups delivered top level winter sports excitement the world over.

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Great progress towards applying air bags to skiing
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FIS and Dainese presented in Kitzbühel the initial results of the D-air® Ski project. The aim of the cooperation is to investigate the potential application of air bag technology to top-level Alpine Skiing. Specifically the current project seeks to improve the protection of athletes by applying D-air® technologies (air bag designed around the human body). The timeframe of the feasibility study extends until the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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Ski jumping legend Jiri Raska passed away
Jiri Raska
The Czech Republic has lost one of its most important personalities. The Czech ski jumping legend Jiri Raska died at age 70 after a long and serious illness on 20th January. At the Olympic Winter Games 1968 in Grenoble (FRA), Raska won the gold medal on the normal hill and silver on the large hill. In season 1970/71 he won the Four-Hills-Tournament.

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The first Winter Youth Olympic Games exceeded expectations
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