O’Neill is stoked dat er acht team riders aan de start zullen staan tijdens de Olympische Spelen in Sochi. Deze acht riders hebben inmiddels al voldaan aan alle vereisten en zullen binnenkort afreizen naar de Russische badplaats om uit te komen in verschillende sporten en disciplines. Zo zullen een aantal atleten het debuut van de Slopestyle actie in levende lijve meemaken. O’Neill deelde de volgende informatie over het achttal met ons en hieronder kan je alle details, in het Engels, teruglezen.
With a back catalogue of podium results as long as your arm, Sebastien Toutant found himself in the enviable position of being pre-qualified to represent Canada in Slopestyle snowboarding’s debut in Sochi. Widely regarded as one of the strongest and most consistent riders in the game, Toots will be going all-out to add some gold bling to his bulging trophy cabinet.
In Halfpipe snowboarding, Dutch freestyle rider Dimi de Jong, one of the brightest young talents to emerge from the European flatlands in recent years, has been guaranteed a place to fly his country’s flag in Halfpipe on the strength of his impressive 8th place finish at last season’s World Cup event in Park City, Utah. De Jong will also be joined in the U-tube by O’Neill teammate Johannes Höpfl from Germany.
Moving on to freeskiing, David Wise locked in his Team USA spot for the debut of freeskiing under those big interlocking, colorful rings by storming his way to victory in the Halfpipe finals at the US Grand Prix in Breckenridge, Colorado. Gunning for a medal in women’s Halfpipe skiing, meanwhile, will be Switzerland’s Virgine Faivre, the reigning FIS World Champion.
In Slopestyle skiing, O’Neill will be cheering on Norwegian medal hopeful Oystein Braten, as well as German freeskier Sabrina Cakmakli, who punched her own ticket after making the finals in what was only her third World Cup Halfpipe event up in Canada earlier this month. Team O’Neill compadre Silvia Bertagna will be flying the Italian flag in the same event.