Atomic is proud to present the 10th annivesary of Europe’s premiere slopestyle competition, the Austrian Freeski Open. At its home resort of Kitzsteinhorn, the AFO will host the world’s best freeskiers from the 7th to the 10th of March. Included in this elite group are Atomic’s very own Elias Ambühl, Jossi Wells, and defending AFO champion Andreas Håtveit.
The Austrian Freeski Open is now an AFP world tour gold event reflecting a meteoric rise from its humble beginnings to one of the biggest slopestyle events of the season. Now in its tenth year, the AFO contest will be more competitive than ever with a field of over 120 athletes. Currently the race for the prestigious AFP world title is very open, and any athlete could take the title. With the level of competitive slopestyle riding currently progressing at a mind-blowing rate, it is certain that boundaries will be blown at Kitzsteinhorn on Saturday for finals.
ATOMIC ATHLETES IN TOP FORM
The season so far has been a season of highs and lows for the ATOMIC athletes. Horrendous weather has been a huge factor at many of the events of late, and the athletes have been on a very hectic schedule. However this hasn’t stopped Elias Ambühl from absolutely slaying it so far, most notably winning gold at the Freestyle.ch, gold at King of Style and gold at Budapest Fridge. Fellow ATOMIC athlete Andreas Håtveit, and defending AFO champion has been a busy guy for sure this year. He is building a house and expecting a child, however he still managed to find the time win the Bronze medal at the X Games slopestyle earlier this year. Kiwi superstar Jossi Wells has also had his fair share of success so far, winning the gold medal at the London Freeze big air, as well as a the Bronze at the infamous X Games Big Air. Jossi is also currently ranked in 2nd place in the overall AFP world tour title with slew of early season podiums in New Zealand.
ATHLETES HUNGRY FOR MEDALS
ATOMIC athletes have had a long history of success at the Austrian Freeski Open. Andreas Håtveit won the competition last year, with Elias Ambühl in second place, Byron Wells in fourth and Ian “CHUG” Cosco in fifth. In 2010 it was Jossi Wells’ time to take the Gold medal with a run that many people are still trying to emulate today. The year before, Elias Ambühl took the AFO Gold medal at the ripe young age of 16 years old. Needless to say, the ATOMIC athletes have always fiercely competed to get on top of the podium at the Austrian Freeski Open, and this year will be no different. On top of the well-known athletes mentioned above, a number of underdogs will be showing up to test the mettle with the big dogs, including Norwegian Gaute Silseth who you might know from the crazy Choaz Production edits, and American and 4bi9 crew member Nicky Keefer. It will be an enthralling competition with the established athletes looking to prove their consistency and the underdogs looking to break out in the big leagues. Make sure to stay tuned for the daily ATOMIC video updates from the field, which will give you the latest and greatest event footage, released on the same day at www.facebook.com/atomicskiing.