Friday, January 27, 2012
Best of the Swatch Freeride World Tour Courmayeur Mont-Blanc 2012
Courmayeur-Mont-Blanc has been an amazing host to the Swatch Freeride World Tour.
In an incredibly competitive Men's ski competition, Richard Amacker from Le Valais in Switzerland was the last rider down and chose an original line in the riders left hand side of the face. The 23 year old then quickly put on a demonstration of world-class Freeriding. Always in complete control his jumps were longer and cleaner than his rivals and deservedly took away the main prize. A clearly very happy Amacker said: "I had a great day. The snow was good, I took a lot of air on my jumps and landed all three really cleanly".
In the Men's snowboard, Backstrom the American just gets better and better. Taking a line on the extreme riders right, Backstrom patiently worked the upper face as he transitioned into his first drop of the day which he executed with a silky smoothness. He then glided his way across the face to a steep and rocky section where he dropped no less than three cliffs in quick succession. Backstrom has that something that only the very best athletes have - he makes it look easy. Backstrom said: "I'm very happy, the conditions were great for high-speed airs. I rode my preferred line, I stayed fast and fluid".