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Freeride World Tour hits Norway

Tuesday, February 28 2012 by SNTV

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    A strong field of riders showed high-quality runs with technical skiing as well as big airs in the fourth stage of the Freeride World Tour in Roldal, Norway, on Sunday.

    The big surprise of the day came from Norwegian wild card Dennis Risvoll who won the men's ski contest. The women's ski event was won by another Scandinavian, Christine Hargin from Sweden.

    Austria's Flo Orley and Margot Rozies of France won the men's and women's snowboard competitions.


    Excellent conditions at Roldal in Norway on Sunday for the fourth stage of the Freeride World Tour.

    The snow on top of the competition face was packed and icy but getting much better further down.

    The women were looking strong on the Norwegian mountains and all eight female skiers charged hard and stable, making it a difficult decision for the judges.

    Sweden's Christine Hargin had been to Roldal before and had an edge over the rest.

    In the women's snowboard France's Margot Rozies didn't get the best light but that didn't hold her back.

    She rode fast, fluid and took great air on the last two cliffs.

    Second place went to USA's Shannan Yates, who made a creative line in the mid section and stomped the cliffs.

    Her fellow American Maria de Bari, finished off the podium in third.

    Men's Ski, and it was Dennis Risvoll's creative line with no more than two back flips that earned the best score of the day.

    The Norwegian won the Roldal Freeride Challenge last year and has clearly developed a taste for gold.

    Last year's world champion, France's Aurelien Ducroz, is back in the game, contributing with a beautiful run with a long flight and a huge back flip to take second place.

    Meanwhile season wild card Sam Smoothy of New Zealand keeps on charging.

    He took third with high speed in a powerful run and he now sits top in the overall ranking.

    Men's snowboard division it was Austria's Flo Orley who dominated with a solid run combining a lot of features.

    Switzerland's Emilien Badoux got the second best score of the day with multiple drops and stable landings.

    And Austria's Christian Schnabel didn't hesitate.

    His speed putting him third.

    France's Jonathan "Douds" Charlet still leads the overall ranking despite a fourth place finish on Sunday.

    Just two more stages left in the Freeride World Tour before four World Champions will be crowned in Verbier at the end of March.

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