Futures Travel Freeski Team goes big at Futures Tour event in Winter Park

From Coach Gui Matthies-Brown:

Two SVSEF Freeski athletes attended the final Futures Tour slopestyle event of the season down in Winter Park on March 18th and 19th. The team was greeted with warm weather and sunny skies, ideal conditions for a slopestyle competition.

Vay O’Brien had a great competition day, putting down a solid second run after having some speed issues in her first run. Her run showcased her ability to spin in all directions and have a whole lot of fun while competing. The course featured two rails and three jumps, with all three jumps having a small and large option. Known for her jump prowess, “Big Air” Vay took advantage of the large takeoffs and ample airtime. She started her run with a lipslide on the first rail feature, to a solid blind 270 out of the following rail feature. Vay followed that up with a smooth right-side 540, into a switch right-side 540, and ended her run with a massive left-side 720. Vay ended up in 5th place, her second top 5 finish of the season in Futures Tour events. Keep it up Vay!

Anton Holter had a breakthrough event, making into finals in an incredibly stacked field. Out of two heats of 25 athletes each, only the top 8 skiers qualified for finals. Anton qualified 5th with the following run: Lipslide on front 270 out, switch on unnatural 450 out, right-side cork 540 with a mute grab, switch left-side misty 900 japan grab, into a left-side cork 900 blunt grab. Anton had an issue with the first rail feature in his first run, but his second run was flawless and oozed with style, earning him an 81.67 and a spot in the finals. A two-run final kicked off at 3:45, and unfortunately Anton wasn’t able to put down a clean run. However, through hard work and dedication throughout the season, Anton finally proved to himself how good of an athlete he is. Getting into a final of a FIS level event is no easy task, we are so excited for what’s to come next season!