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Freeride World Tour Athlete Lineup Announced


If you're into the big mountain spectacle that is the Freeride World Tour, which most of you are, then it's time to get a little more excited and perhaps throw down a few preseason bets. The lineup for the coming year's participants has been announced.

Once again, some of the top big mountain skiing/snowboarding athletes from around the world will be competing across five big mountain venues from around the world. This year's field includes 49 athletes from four categories - 11 Ski Women, 23 Ski Men, 6 Snowboard Women, and 9 Snowboard Men.

It doesn't matter if you're rooting for your favorite single rider, your favorite sport, your home country, or for the cutest boy and/or girl on the tour. With this much talent, the FWT20 is going to be something to see.

Ski Men
With reigning champ, Markus Eder (ITA) taking a step back from competitive skiing, the field has opened up for another competitor to step-up and claim the title. This will surely be on the minds of former FWT champs and legends confirmed to compete such as Kristofer Turdell (SWE), wildcard Reine Barkered (SWE), and Drew Tabke (USA). Newcomers to look out for this year will be Carl Renvall (SUI), Blake Marshall (NZL), Tao Kreibich (AUT), brothers Jack and Kevin Nichols (USA), and Isaac Freeland (USA). Yu Sasaki (JPN) will return to the FWT20 as a wildcard.
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Ski Women

The question on everyone’s mind is if Ariana Tricomi (ITA) will be able to claim a historic third consecutive FWT title this year with more boundary pushing riding for women’s freeride. Two hungry rookies Jessica Hotter (NZL) and Emma Patterson (USA) will be going toe to toe with the veterans this year after successful FWQ campaigns last season. Wildcards, Juliette Willmann (FRA) and Evelina Nilsson (SWE) will be looking to cement their places on the FWT20 and land at the top of the category.
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Snowboard Men

Last year saw some of the most insane levels of riding ever, for this category, and the FWT20 is shaping up for more of the same. 2019 champ, Victor De Le Rue (FRA) will be gunning to continue his reign with Sammy Luebke (USA) surely looking to take the top of the podium back from him and claim a 4th FWT title. A hugely talented field of legends, newly qualified riders including Cody Bramwell (SWE), Blake Moller (USA), and wildcard Nils Mindnich (USA) will all be gunning for the top spot.
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Snowboard Women
Marion Haerty (FRA) will once again find herself in the hot seat coming into the FWT20 feeling the pressure to win back to back titles, which if she can, would be her third overall. However, legends like Manuela Mandl (AUT) and Anna Orlova (RUS), as well as rookies Michaela Davis-Meehan (AUS) and Michelle Locke (CAN) will all be looking to beat her to the title.
Credit: FWT20

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