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Freeride World Tour kicks off in Sochi

the first stage of the Freeride World Tour 2009, the Nissan Russian Adventure, took place and were a resounding success in Krasnaya Polyana ski resort near Sochi in Russia, the site for the 2014 Olympic Games.
Everything was perfect to make this event a success, large amounts of fresh snow, blue skies with no clouds in sight and riders ready to take on an impressive face for the first competition of the season.

The 56 riders had to choose one of the four starting points offering various choices from open runs, rocky terrain, cornices and cliff jumps.
With a very high level of competition, Aurelien Ducroz (FRA) leads the first men’s ski competition with an incredible run. He started at the most difficult area with perfection beginning with a few fluid turns and a jump. With surgical precision, he maintained his ideal trajectory, whereas Henrik Windstedt (SWE), winner of the Freeride World Tour 2008, who took this line just a bit earlier, unfortunately fell. Ending this technical area with a 15-meter jump, he completed the run with ease. Maintaining an ideal speed throughout the run, he chose a run that came naturally for him.
On day two, after a one-hour walk there were again four possible starting points (two accessible with harness only) forming a circle facing the ski lift, the show was particularly spectacular. At the end of the day Aurelien Ducroz just missed the top of the podium for a second day, finishing one tenth of a point behind first placed Sverre Liliequist (SWE).
In the women’s ski competition, Jess McMillan (USA) led from Norwegian Dynastar-Lange freerider, Ane Enderud.
The competition is now in Squaw Valley USA.

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