Just some of the skiers that are set to compete in either the AFP Big Air or the People's Choice event.
AJ Kemppainen (FIN)
Hailing from Finland, where he grew up with no formal skiing background, AJ is a technical rider who burst onto the scene in 2008 with a win at the U.S. Open halfpipe contest at Copper. Since then he's gone on to push the switch movement in the pipe and reach several podiums along the way.
Jossi Wells (NZL)
One of the few left who can podium in both SuperPipe and Slopestyle, Winter X medalist Wells was crowned the overall 2010 AFP champ. He is also from New Zealand... 'Nuff said.
Colby West (USA)
Colby is as equally talented off the snow as he is on. Growing up about an hour and a half away from Boston, he began skiing at the late age of 13. At 19, he moved out west to pursue his dream of becoming a professional skier. He is no stranger to the podium, a solid skier and a funny guy with some big tricks in the bag.
PK Hunder (NOR)
Growing up next door to the 1994 Winter Olympics venue in Hafjell, skiing was the obvious choice for this Norwegian local. He made his breakthrough at the JOI in 2007, following it up with an impressive 2nd place in the US Open. PK is back and skiing better than ever after breaking his neck in 2009. He oozes style with some of the best double 1080s you will ever see. Seriously, google it.
Dane Tudor (USA)
Dane Tudor has fast become one of the most versatile forces in skiing. His uncanny ability to tackle anything on skis, and his dedication to the sport, have helped him earn accolades in both the big mountain and urban/park communities. Growing up, Dane spent his summers in Alaska and his winters British Columbia, where he learned to ski at Red Mountain as soon as he could walk. He has since won three US Junior Extreme Skiing Championships, Best Male Performance at IF3 (2009) and a Powder Video Award for Best Breakout Performance (2010). With great respect for these and his other accolades, hist best is yet to come.
Russ Henshaw (NSW)
Henshaw impressed at Winter X 2011 by throwing difficult jump combos at the bottom of the Slopestyle course to earn silver and his first piece of Winter X hardware. This Jindabyne local was also the first skier to land a triple cork in competition (qualifiers Jon Olsson Invitational in April 2011). While a torn right ACL sidelined Henshaw over the summer 2011, Henshaw is making a strong return to the freeski scene and finished 5th at Winter X 2012.
Olly Cain (VIC)
AKA OPC, 18 years young hailing from Mount Buller Victoria, is one of the loosest kids you will see on snow. His has a complete disregard for speed checks, safety tricks and his general well being on snow. These factors contribute to making him the crazy skier he is. Keep an eye out for him at the Toyota One Hit Wonder Down under and expect the unexpected!
Charlie Timmins (NSW)
Jindabyne local Charlie Timmins is one of Australia’s strongest skiers both on the jumps and off-piste. With a strong racing background Charlie has a fluidity about him that makes him both a joy to watch as well as a serious threat in competition. With double corks and tail-grabs for days, it’s just typical Chaz.
Jesse Houghton (NSW)
Having stepped into the big leagues in 2010, Jesse has had no problem finding his feet. His humble character certainly goes in to hiding when he unleashes some killer tricks.
Jordan Houghton (NSW)
Jordan has the chin of Roger Ramjet and the skill of a billy-goat. He can often be found getting "dub-nasty" at seniors bingo night.
Anna Segal (VIC)
Born and raised in inner-city Melbourne, Anna, 24, began skiing at Mt. Buller at the age of three. She got better, and won her first major competition (the US Open) in 2007 and since that time, has won the Winter X Games and placed first at the World Championships.
Byron Wells (NZL)
Another battle of the brothers. Younger brother Byron has also made the leap from middle-earth. Blowing his knee last year, Bryon took to the skies getting his Helicopter license (as you do). He is another extremely talented skier and a great guy coming back stronger than ever. We look forward to having him back in the country competing.
Conrad Lucas (VIC)
Another Victorian rider making the trip north. With more snow being pushed for the One Hit Wonder jump than Mount Buller received all season he won’t know what to do with himself. But with plenty of tricks in his bag, Conrad is making the Australian contingent stronger and certainly upping our chances at keeping the cash in the country.
Jerome Lambert (FRA)
While Jerome admits to being intimidated at last year’s event he is back and wanting to show his true skills. With seven years of instructing under his belt and an extremely positive attitude, we are looking forward to seeing his full potential and to have him back at Thredbo.