Swiss-Ski announce their team in Halfpipe and Slopestyle for the WSC
Swiss-Ski, has made the first selections for the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships from 01-06. February in Deer Valley, Park City, USA .
In halfpipe and slopestyle, both disciplines which are under discussion for inclusion in the Olympic prgram in 2014 in Sochi by the International Olympic Committee , the athletes have been selected after the Swiss Freeski Open in Laax, Davos and the half pipe FIS World Cup in Kreischberg.
The team is led by two veterans, Virginie Faivre (current halfpipe world champion) and Nils Lauper. Both proved their top form with finishing second and third at the halfpipe World Cup competition in Kreischberg. Further, Elias Ambühl, which placed second in slopestyle this weekend at the Dew Tour in America Kilington, is considered one of the largest Swiss talents in this competition. Trainer Misra Noto completes the team with the following athletes: Eveline Bhend, Miriam Hunter, Jonas Hunziker and Kai Mahler.
The final Swiss-Ski team looks as following:
Qualified for slopestyle:
Eveline Bhend, 1981 from Unterseen BE
Elias Ambühl, 1992 from Masein GR
Jonas Hunziker, 1994 from Brienzwiler BE
Qualified for halfpipe:
Virginie Faivre, 1982 from St. Légier VD
Mirjam Jäger, 1982 from Bachenbülach ZH
Nils Lauper, 1982, from Meiringen BE
Kai Mahler, 1995 from Fischenthal ZH
The Freeskier may, if the program allows them, to be used in both disciplines. The decision as to which athletes are used to what competition will be decided on site.
The selections for the freestyle disciplines Aerials, Moguls and Ski Cross will be communicated on January 30th.