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Freeskiing World Tour at La Parva

Freeskiing World Tour at La Parva

[ September 8, 2009 - 4:32pm ]
La Parva Freeskiing Champs
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Final Results of the South American Freeskiing Championships.

The first stop of the 2010 Subaru Freeskiing World Tour took place last week at La Parva, Chile. Read what competitor Griffin Post (who placed fifth) had to say about the new venue, McConkey's, here. There was almost a foot of fresh snow and competitors from as far away as France, Canada, Switzerland, and the U.S. competing for the title of South American Freeskiing Champion and a $10,000 prize. Chilean native Chopo Diaz, 26, won the men's field with a score of 40.88 points (just a fraction above second place's Julian Lopez, the 2009 Freeride World Tour champ from France). Switzerland's Romain Bellon took third, less than a half of a point off the lead. “It was an honor to have the entire international freeskiing community at my home mountain,” said Diaz in a press release. “I’m honored to be champion, but I would have loved to ski a second run.” Because of 100 mile per hour winds on Saturday, the second day of the competition was cancelled. “I’m really happy for Chopo,” said Lopez. “Second is good, but I like to be first. I was really happy with the venue, but I wanted to ski one more run.”

In the women's field, Aspen's Jacqui Edgerly (Skiing magazine's February 2009 cover girl) won her first competition with an aggressive line and two solid airs. Jess McMillan, the 2007 FWT World Champion, hit six airs and finished in second, just a half point off the lead. Chopo Diaz’s sister and local ripper Soledad Diaz, took third with the fastest line of the female competitors.
 
“The freesking movement has truly returned to South America,” said Rodrigo Medina, La Parva’s marketing director who stunt-doubled as the competition’s forerunner. “The international freeskiing community’s presence in Chile was both an honor and a long time coming. We have enjoyed hosting this prestigious event and the first stop of the FWT and look forward to many more in the years to come.”
 
A live produced HD webcast of the entire competition will be rebroadcast later this week. For broadcast times, video coverage, photos, interviews, athlete profiles and more, visit www.freeskiingworldtour.com. For more on the tour's new international schedule, read our story here.
 

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