Van Essen and Thoren are the World Rookie Freeski Big Air Champions 2024

In a thrilling showcase of talent and skill, the World Rookie Freeski Finals witnessed remarkable performances at the Ursus Snowpark. The spotlight shone on the exhilarating Big Air event, where young athletes displayed their prowess on the slopes.

In the Grom category, it was a triumph for Sweden as Melvin Seliberg claimed the top spot with an impressive display of technique and style. Melvin’s precision and creativity on the snow captured the judges’ attention, earning him a well-deserved victory.

He grabbed the victory with a left double tail grab 12 and a switch left 10 blunt.

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Melvin Seliberg (SWE) Grom Man Big Air Champion – ph. Ania Grzelka

The Rookie Women category saw a standout performance from Zoe Van Essen of the Netherlands. Zoe’s flawless execution and fearless approach to the course impressed both spectators and judges alike. Her dedication and determination culminated in a memorable win, solidifying her status as a rising star in the freeskiing world.

She impressed the judges with a left 7 safety and a switch left 5 safety.

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Zoe Van Essen (NED) Rookie Woman Big Air Champion – ph. Ania Grzelka

Meanwhile, Theo Thoren of Sweden emerged victorious in the fiercely competitive Rookie Men category. Theo’s exceptional skills and commitment to pushing the boundaries set him apart from the competition. With each breathtaking jump, Theo showcased his talent and earned the admiration of all in attendance.

He conquered first place with a switch left triple 12 safety and a left double cork 12 blunt

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Theo Thoren (SWE) Rookie Men Big Air Champion – ph. Ania Grzelka

The World Rookie Tour Finals in Madonna di Campiglio provided a platform for young skiers to showcase their abilities and passion for the sport. Congratulations to Melvin, Zoe, and Theo on their remarkable victories, and best wishes for continued success in their skiing endeavours.

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Video editing: Mattia Caravello