Markus Eder crowned king of the Freeride World Tour 2019
"The grande finale" was the claim anticipating the very last stage of the Freeride World Tour 2019, a promising one for Vibram athlete Markus Eder, who earlier today achieved a well-deserved victory for this year edition.
Highest in ranking since the first stage of the Tour, Markus’s performance today earned him score of 82.66 – sixth place overall – which determined his triumph.
Still pumped from the run, at the finish line Markus said: “I couldn’t be happier than this! In the past few days approaching the competition, I didn’t feel great, I wasn’t that confident. Some skiing with friends at home, before getting here, did me good, and I started having better sensations” and he added “As soon as I got to Verbier a couple of days ago, I spent one full sunrise on top of the mountain by myself, and that gave me the chance to see the situation more clearly. On the competition’s eve, I was really panicking and paranoid, no matter the odds. Right after Kristofer, they told me that he finished second, which made me automatically the final winner. I started crying like a baby! So from then on my run was just focused on the back-flip!”
A highly exciting day for the Italian athlete, who achieved his goal for this season, after the podiums of Hakuba (Japan), Kicking Horse Golden BC (Canada) and Fieberbrunn (Austria), ending an unforgettable edition
Great satisfaction also from Jerome Bernard, Vibram Sport Marketing Innovation Global Director, who stated “From the beginning of our partnership with Markus, our primary target was to rely on an élite athlete; he would test our products and technologies and share his feedback with Vibram, in order to support our continuous innovation.” He added “But the truth is that we soon grew very fond of Markus, and on and on through the competitions, we shared with him the most thrilling moments. He surely deserved this victory, we have a lot to celebrate today!”
During the Tour Markus was wearing Dalbello boots, specifically powered by Vibram Arctic Grip soles, a prototype for freeride boots that fulfilled the expectations of performance worthy of a champion
In the final ranking, the Swedish rider Kristofer Turdell finished second, followed by the French Leo Slemett, third.
A “grande finale” also for the Italian female skier Arianna Tricomi, who gained the title of Woman Champion of Freeride World Tour 2019. In the final ranking, Tricomi was followed by USA athlete Jacqueline Pollard, second place, and the Swiss Elisabeth Gerritzen.
For snowboard, it was the French Victor De Le Rue triumphing among men, with the American Davey Baird and Blake Hamm placing second and third. In the women race, French athlete Marion Haerty ended the Tour first, on the podium with the Russian Anna Orlova in second place and Austrian Manuela Mandl third.
From the whole Vibram team, special thanks to Markus and to Freeride World Tour, and big congratulations to all athletes who joined this 2019 edition. See you all in 2020!