Rider List Announcement for FWT 2017
Game on. The list of FWT 2017 riders has been announced, so let the games begin. (Main image by J Bernard / Freeride World Tour)
The FWT takes new twists and turns each year through weather and event management challenges, but it’s always entertaining, and 2017 looks on point. The young gun generation of the most promising up-and-coming talent from the Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) will showcase their mad skills against the top riders of the elite tour.
Insert a bunch of sentences about ‘progression of the sport’ here (or not), and let’s get down to the invite lists…
All hands on deck to cheer on Whistler loc dawg Logan Pehota, who was narrowly edged out of top spot on the podium by returning champ, Loïc Collomb-Patton (FRA) on the 2016 FWT.
This year could be ripe for a shake-up as longstanding champions like Eva Walkner (AUT) and Jackie Paaso (USA) face intense competition from FWQ skiers Elisabeth Gerritzen (SUI) and Kylie Sivell (CAN). Fresh on the FWT last year but finishing strong, Arianna Tricomi (ITA) is also to be watched. But dare we forget Whistler home grown Lauren Cameron… might she pull a Pehota move and podium or win it all? Go Whistler go.
Anne-Flore Marxer (SUI/FRA) will once again be hungry for the title of world champion as she presses Elodie Mouthon (FRA) and attempts to recapture the world title. Returning American star Shannan Yates (USA) will have to use her experience to defend against the tenacity of the incoming riders Audrey Hebert (CAN) and Manuela Mandl (AUT).
An established American presence will be felt again this year with the likes of Ralph Backstrom (USA) and Sammy Luebke (USA) posing a formidable challenge to younger European riders like Thomas Feurstein (AUT) and French sensation Camille Armand (FRA).