Jossi Wells Wins The Austrian Freeski Open 2010
Thanks to impressive performances of the world's best skiers and the perfectly prepared Kitzsteinhorn Mellow Park, the Austrian Freeski Open 2010 has climbed to the top of the list of international Freeski events.
ATOMIC team rider Jossi Wells has collected a bag full of wins over the past few weeks at the most important freeski events in North America, X Games and Dew Tour.
Wells continues to dominate in Europe at the first major event of the European season, the Austrian Freeski Open 2010. Featuring many of the world’s best freestylers, this competition was no problem for the New Zealander.
Jossi Wells claimed the top spot at Kitzsteinhorn this Saturday with a Rodeo 450° onto the kinked box and a super stylish Double Cork 1260° Mute at the big kicker.
With a new location, the renowned Mellow Park at Kitzsteinhorn, and the best competitor field in its history the Austrian Freeski Open presented by ATOMIC entered a new level this season.
Accordingly, the riding level in the final was out of this world. Double flips were the standard on the big kicker and crazy spins on and off the big kinked box were insane.
ATOMIC youngster Gaute Silseth from Norway finished an astounding seventh, one place ahead of his team-mate and Austrian Open titleholder Elias Ambühl.
Not only because of his win, Jossi was enthused about the AFO’s:
”Austrian Freeski Open today was sick! We had a little bit of trouble with the wind and had to adapt the course, but it turned out really well. This is a sick event, the course is dope and I‘m stoked to come back next year for sure!“
The girls‘ competition had already taken place on Thursday, when bluebird conditions had enabled the ladies to show their skills on the full course.
Eva Patscheider, Austrian hope of the ATOMIC Freeski Team, impressed everyone with an amazing Rodeo 540° and a huge Switch 720° on the kicker line. Unfortunately she missed the grab on the second jump, thus finishing second behind
Freeskier Smoothy from New Zealand is declared the winner in the 2010 Engadinsnow Freeski contest. His smooth run in the freeride demonstrated his advanced skill and control of his sport.
The skies are darkened over Squaw Valley, California as the skiing community mourns the tragic loss of skier Charles Russell Johnson. Rest in peace, CR.