here it is
The mountains have taken young Neal Valiton
for their own. An incomprehensible tragedy. There has not been much
coverage in english, but we have heard he fell during his super finals
run at the World Freeskiing Tour Finals in Tignes, France which was
promptly canceled thereafter.
Neal was only 18 years old and after some very impressive skiing at
Snowbird won the TNF Young Guns award for the comp and was in the
running for the overall Young Guns prize. Anyone who hasn't met him in
person can tell from just watching in the comps and reading his blog (via faction skis)
that he had natural talent, a spirited love for skiing, an infectious
excitement about competing, and a healthy respect for comp skiing and
his fellow athletes. His presence will be missed immensely on the tour
and in the mountains.
We'll be making turns in his honor this week, and urge everyone else to do the same!