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Freeriders push new boundaries in Sochi

 

The Freeride World Tour has kicked off at the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort in Sochi.

The new resort will be one of the main venues of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Krasnaya Polyana - the resort that will stage the alpine ski events of the 2014 winter Olympics - is becoming a brand name that resonates around the world.

However, these guys don't need prepared tracks, they just need an abundance of fresh snow and good weather – the world's top freeriders on the slopes of the Aigba ridge at Rosa Khutor.

Twelve years ago, a rider at Krasnaya Polyana could only reach the top of the mountain by helicopter.

But now anyone can get there by ski lift.

It is all about enjoying pristine terrain in iconic mountain resorts which inspire the athletes to test their most creative skills on a line they choose.

Sochi became the fourth stop on the World Tour for flying skiers and snowboarders this year.

As the tournament increased from four to six events, freeriding is contradictory, in that it's not strictly speaking a competition.

But some still want to be on the very top of their sport, which is judges are needed.

Heart-stopping backflip cliff jumps through cornices and jaw-dropping turns - that's what the judges witness.

And this time, the riders produced an outstanding show with an almost perfect run from Samuel Anthamatten, who won in skiing.

Flo Orley who won the snowboarding in style, and powered up to the top of the rankings.

With two stages to go, a tough competition for the world crown is still underway.

Location

Sochi
Russia
43° 36' 41.7564" N, 39° 43' 20.9604" E

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