Swedish moguls and slopestyle team is announced
FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Deer Valley, USA starts on Wednesday February 2nd. Sweden has selected their riders in two disciplines: moguls and slopestyle, who will fight for medals in some of the world's most spectacular sports.
Slopestyle is included in the Championships program for the first time and four Swedes will be there fighting for the title of the world's first World Champion in slopestyle.
"This is incredibly exciting. We have had a dialogue with the athletes and realized there was an interest in the World Championships so therefore we agreed to participate" Jenny Eidolf at the Swedish Ski Association says.
Two boys and two girls, all of which are already established in the sport and running contests like X Games and Dew Tour, is thus now ready for the Championships. These four are: Jacob Wester from Stockholm, Oscar Scherlin, Åre, Emma Dahlström, Malung, and Maria Bagge, from Karlstad. Swedish Ski Association has prepared the squad with the help of Janne "Acke" Aikio, a teacher at the freestyle high school in Kiruna, and Jesper Norén.
"We are very pleased to be able to send over a strong team for the World Championships in such a short time. Riders planned their seasons early, and all of a sudden the World Championships had to be considered right in the middle of everything. In the future we of course hope to get an organization and a solid selection to the team but there are many pieces that must fall into place" Janne Aikio said.
Slopestyle skiing is up as a proposal to be an Olympic discipline in Sochi 2014 and the Freestyle World Ski Championships are now a way for the IOC, International Olympic Committee, to see how the sport works in the championship context. The medals in the spectacular sport are to be distributed on Thursday, February 3. The day before, on February 2, the Championship in moguls starts. Four Swedish skiers will participate in the moguls events; Jesper Bjornlund, Åre SLK, Per Spett, Kiruna BK, Adam Gummesson, Sunne AK and Martina Schriwer, Djurgårdens Alpina.
"Both Martina and Adam will compete in their very first Championships which will be an important experience for them. For both Jesper and Per, we expect a high level of performance and spectacular ride. World Ski Championships are all we aspired to this season" coach Jean Paul Richard says.
The Swedish mogul skiers have already spent several weeks in North America, competing in the World Cup with Jesper Bjornlund's 6th place in Lake Louise as the best results. Adam Gummesson managed to get to the finals for the first time in his career last Sunday at Mt Gabriel, and finished 9th.
"We have not been on the podium yet this year. We have had great performances but we everything has not run too smoothly. Self-confidence is on the rise since the results also are getting better every week and the goal is to perform at top in the Championships" Jean-Paul Richard said.