Following the reduced schedule from last season, 2022 returned to a more regular schedule of Freeski contests and was one of the top competition seasons for our Team. Our athletes were on 18 podiums, including 6 medals from the X Games, 2 Olympic Medals, and 1 being Gold. From this year, the Atomic Team saw some athletes on the rise, some champions being born, and legends giving it their all for the last time. All-in-all, 2022 was a memorable year for the Team and an exciting future ahead for the Bent Family.
NICO PORTEOUS FOLLOWING HIS X GAME VICTORY
Going into the year, Nico was the reigning Olympic Bronze medalist and was coming off an almost perfect 2021 season that included a Gold Medal at X Games and World Championships. In 2022, Nico continued his dominance in the field by making 4 of the 5 podiums this year. The biggest highlights for Nico started in Mammoth at the Final World Cup, where he took his First Gold of the season, directly followed by Gold at X Games, and finished the season with his first-ever Olympic Gold in China.
The Atomic Freeski Queen continued her success into 2022 with 5 Podium Finishes. Tess made history this year at X Games, where she became the first woman to land a Double cork 1620 in competition and won back-back X Games Gold in Slope and Big Air. Then, in February, Tess battled it out during the Olympics Big Air event in one of the most exciting competitions of the Games, bringing home the Silver Medal. Following China, Tess finished off the season with a podium at the final World Cup in Silvaplana and secured another Top 3 overall finish for the season in 3rd Place.
Apart of Atomic for the past 3 seasons, Meg’s season started off slower than usual as she was coming back from a wrist injury. Thankfully in January, she was able to come back strong for the rest of the season. Starting at X Games, Meg was able to land on the podium twice with a Silver in Big Air, and a Bronze in Slopestyle. In China, she was just shy of the podium with a 4th place in Big Air. Finishing up the World Cup season, Meg got her first World Cup win at the Goergia Slopestyle, and finished the season in 4th place for Slopestyle. Representing Canada at her first Olympics, she was just shy of the podium with a 4th place in Big Air. Finishing up the World Cup season, Meg got her first World Cup win at the Goergia Slopestyle, and finished the season in 4th place for Slopestyle.
Another Canadian rider, and apart of Atomic for the last few years, is Teal Harle. While last season was a bit quieter, this season Teal came out swinging at the first World Cup Big air in Chur by placing 2nd. Later on in the winter, Teal’s highlight came in the form of an X Games Medal from the Big Air where he finished 3rd Place.
For the current World Cup team, we’ve seen a lot of changes since the last Olympics, and a few additions to the team who will be ones to watch in the coming years. One of these athletes is Edouard Therriault. The young up-and-coming Canadian Star whose style is reminiscent of great skiers such as Henrik Harlaut, hit the scene for his 2nd year. Although new to the Global circuit, he has continued to make world cup podiums and has earned spots at top contests such as X Games and the Olympics. Highlights from Edouard’s season included a 3rd place finish at the Font Romeu World Cup Slope event, and a 4th place finish at X Games Big Air.
Next on the list is Lara Wolf, coming from See, Austria. Lara is starting to push things on the women’s side by becoming the first woman to land a switch dub misty 12. Lara’s highlights from the season included a 3rd place finish at Font Romeu.
Ben Barclay, coming from the snowfields of New Zealand, and onto the World Cup circuit. Ben has been known of his consistency and style in Slope contests, he finally was able to land on the podium in Font Romeu, and with this, secured his spot for the Olympic Games.
Lastly, Javi Lliso, from Spain consistently was making progress throughout the season, and will be one to watch in the upcoming seasons. The top highlights from Javi included finishing in 6th place at the Olympic Big Air, and 5th place to finish the Silvaplana contest season.
END OF AN ERA.
As many have seen by now, Gus Kenworthy long-time Atomic athlete, announced his retirement from competitive skiing following the Olympic games. Gus’s career achievements included a Silver Medal from the 2014 Olympics, along with 5 X Games medals across Slopestyle, Big Air, and Halfpipe. In addition to his skill on the slopes, Gus continues to be a major advocate to LGBT athletes, and has inspired many through speaking out. We thank Gus for all the amazing work he’s done and looking forward to seeing his next chapter.
TO ALL OF OUR FREESKI TEAM, WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE UPCOMING YEARS