Freeride World Tour results from St.Mortiz

Sun 30 January 11

The Freeride World Tour headed to the awesome Corvatsch north face in St.Moritz, Switzerland for the 2nd leg of the 2011 series, where it was American Matt Annetts who took the honours

Freeride World Tour results from St.Mortiz

Freeride World Tour results from St.Mortiz © Photo: Freerideworldtour.com / J.Bernard

Today’s event showed that seemingly-invincible Xavier de Le Rue (FRA) can, in fact, be beaten as the three-time Freeride World Champion seemed to have an off day. Rather, the day belonged to Matt Annetts (USA) who launched his run with a nice jump followed by a good four-meter drop that had taken out the skier just before him. He then hit the middle of the course with fast smooth style before finishing with another clean air at the bottom.

 “I really like this face. Its long and there are lots of things to do on the way down. For not having been snowing in the region for quite some time the snow was amazing. I had a fairly safe run. I wanted to stay on my feet. I knew there were a lot of flat landings. If you would go too fast on that face today you would hit the landings too hard. I’ve had a few podiums on the tour but it feels good to finally be on the top!” said winner Matt Annetts

Matt Annetts competes in Freeride World Tour 2011 in St.Moritz
Matt Annetts competes in Freeride World Tour 2011 in St.Moritz
Photo: Freerideworldtour.com / J.Bernard

Filling the remaining podium spots were Mitch Toelderer (AUT) who took the lead early with a fast, fluid run that included several drops. His run was just enough to push him past third place finisher Flo Örley (AUT) who is returning to competition after taking a year off.

Mitch Toelderer competes in Freeride World Tour 2011 in St.Moritz
Mitch Toelderer competes in Freeride World Tour 2011 in St.Moritz
Photo: Freerideworldtour.com / J.Bernard

2nd placed rider Mitch Toelderer said “I got pretty nervous at the start when I had to wait for a while as the rider ahead of me fell. But I stepped back and relaxed and got the right focus. I tried to do a fast and fluid run and rode the main feature with a narrow couloir and a drop really well. It’s the first time I share the podium with Flo (Orley, AUT). We have been around for a long time but this is the first time we manage to be on the same podium!

Freeride World Tour 2011 St.Moritz podium
Freeride World Tour 2011 St.Moritz podium
Photo: Freerideworldtour.com / J.Bernard

The final podium spot was taken by Flo Orley who said “This mountain seems to bring me luck! Every time I’ve competed here I’ve been on the podium (5 times + winner of FWQ Thursday 27/1)! I really like the face. It’s quite extreme but still really playful. You can find everything here. Every rider on the tour can find a line that suites them – it’s really fair. I’m so happy, I hadn’t been riding for 19 months (round the world sailing) before the season and its just getting better and better.

Freeride World Tour, St.Moritz results

  1. Matt Annetts (USA)
  2. Mitch Toelderer (AUT)
  3. Flo Orley (AUT)

For more information visit the Freeride World Tour website

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