20-year-old Jesper Tjader jumped from number 59 to number one on the slopestyle World Cup rankings in 2013/14, and not for lack of trying in in 2012/13.
The thing about Tjader's varied bag of tricks and unique style is that, if unrefined, can be difficult to translate into good scores with a World Cup judging panel looking for some specific things when assessing a grade. In 2012/13, Jesper didn't quite have his whole package together.
In 2013/14, he certainly did. Scoring top-five results in four of five competitions, including back-to-back-to-back podiums in the final three events leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Tjader's efforts scored him the slopestyle crystal globe and announced him as a one of the emerging stars of the ski slopestyle world.
And while Tjader struggled to put a full run together in Sochi, finishing in 24th, the pace and scope of his development suggests that, come time for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, he might be the one everyone is chasing heading into his sport's second go at the big show.
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