The four skiers who via the video qualification now are ready for the Peak Performance King of Style are Norwegian PC Fosse, Canadian Ian Cosco and Americans Nick Martini and LJ Strenio. The quartet will face the world freestyle elite at Stockholm Olympic Stadium on November 21st.
The qualifications were carried out on YouTube where the participants were to upload a video of themselves that viewers then graded. Out of the 20 highest ranked contributions a jury consisting of the 2008 freeride champion Henrik Windstedt and last year's King of Style winner PK Hunder picked the four best.
Judge Henrik Windstedt
"The level has increased so much just since last year's video qualifications," says Henrik Windstedt. "It was really hard to pick only four skiers. Many did really advanced tricks, so we also paid a lot of attention to style and landings."
LJ Strenio. photo: Rom Marcucci
During the last month the contest has been widely noticed on ski blogs and communities. The 51 contributions have reached a total of over a quarter million views on YouTube and gathered over 7,000 rankings.
Ian Cosco. photo: Dan Brown
Nick Martini. photo: Josh Anderson
At Peak Performance King of Style the four winners of the video qualifications will compete against riders from all over the world including Jacob Wester, Sammy Carlson, Richard Permin, Jon Olsson, Elias Ambül, Phil Casabon, Oscar Sherlin, Henrik Harlaut, Tom Wallisch and Kevin Rolland.
Phil Casabon at last year's King of Style. photo: Felix Rioux
Peak Performance King of Style is part of the LG Winter Jam, a full day, activity-packed event at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium which attracts both competitors and visitors from all over the world. Last year over 22 000 people visited the event. In addition to the Peak Performance King of Style competition, there will also be a big air contest for snowboarders, the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup, a rail arena open to the public and loads of other action. The event is open from 11am to 8:30pm, and entrance is free for everyone.
Henrik Windstedt presents the four winners and their contributions
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