Swiss Miss Virginie Faivre has been charging hard for the last few seasons, leading the evolution of women's freestyle skiing from the only place to be – the front.
The exploits of fellow Euro Candide Thovex inspired Virginie to embark on a professional career in the sport, and she now gets to travel the globe on the hunt for the deepest powder and best snowparks.
Innsbruck (AUT),January 8th, 2013 – The online video contest „CONTOUR WANNA BE AQUEEN" gives talented freeski ladies the opportunity to apply for one of thecoveted spots on the Nine Queens castle until February 25th. Theultimate contest "for girls only" also introduces a few exciting new elements this year.
All eyes of thefreeski world will once again be on Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis from March 11 to 16,2013. For the third time already, the attractive skiing region in Tyrolprovides the backdrop for the unique skiing event with the snow castle. After two successful editions, the Nine Queens has become an integral part of theinternational event schedule and in March, several innovations will make sureto set the bar even higher.
One new elementis the obstacle that event initiator and freeski legend Nico Zacek has come upwith together with the experts from Schneestern Parks and More. The plan is tobuild an enchanted fairytale castle from snow and ice that will require weeksof shaping and over 50,000m3of snow. The construction is centred around a kicker that offers the Queensperfect conditions to prove their skills with jumps up to 23 meters long.
Virginie Faivre, multiple winner of the European Open and host of Nine Queens activelysupervised the planning of her castle and is delighted with the result: "Girls'freeskiing has evolved in leaps and bounds over the past few years. The chateauis custom-made for our needs and once again plays a great part in continuingthe forward development."
No lessimportant for the sport's evolvement are the best freeski ladies in the worldwho will follow Virginie's invitation to Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. Multiple X-Gameswinner Kaya Turski and former World Champion Anna Segal have confirmed theirparticipation, while the European freeski elite around Emma Dahlström, Eveline Bhend and Caja Schöpf havealready secured their spot on the castle as well.
However, the riders' list is not quitecomplete yet. The "CONTOUR Wanna be a Queen" online video contest invitestalented female riders to apply for participation in the Nine Queens. Anyfreeski lady who wants to seize this opportunity should submit a video edituntil February 15th at the latest to show her nine best tricks. Thejury wants to see a lot of airtime on kicker, quarter, halfpipe or hip as wellas three rail shots. All details can be found on the official event website: http://ninequeens.com/b11-wanna-be-a-queens-the-online-video-qualifying-contest/ where you will also find all the edits. Ajury will then pick the most talented newcomers who can look forward to anunforgettable week at the Nine Queens 2013. Let the teaser clip inspire you andtake part! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onhq_lKHsBw
For further info, go to the Nine Queenshomepage
We will keep you posted!
O'Neill team rider Virginie FAIVRE (CH) has been crowned FIS Halfpipe World Champion after winning gold in spectacular style at the 2009 FIS World Ski Championships in Inawashiro, Japan.
The 26-year-old beat a field of top international riders, including Winter X Games medalists Megan Gunning (CAN) and Jen Hudak (USA), to claim top honors and realize what ranks as her greatest career victory to date. Speaking to the press in the immediate aftermath of the event, Virginie said: "This is the best day of my life! I've worked really hard in the last few years to learn new tricks and hone my skills. After only just missing out on the top spot at last week's Nippon Freeski Open, this FIS World Championship title more than makes up for it – it's very special!"
Hailing from the picturesque mountainside town of Montreux in Switzerland, Virginie has been skiing for as long as she's been able to walk. After bashing racing gates for 10 years, Virginie only switched her attention from alpine racing to freestyle skiing in 2002. Marking herself out as one of the brightest young talents of the freestyle scene during those early years, Virginie announced her arrival on the global freestyle stage with a victory in the Slopestyle event at the European Freeski Open in 2006. Since then, the ever-stylish Swiss Miss – equipped with her awe-inspiring bag of gravity-defying tricks – has been busy traveling the world, filming video parts and competing in the world's biggest events.
O'Neill Global Snow Team Manager Franck Corbery couldn't be prouder of Virginie and her latest achievement, and said: "I'm really stoked for Virginie. She's one of the most determined and talented freestyle skiers of her generation, and to see her pull off something like this is just incredible. She's been threatening to score a result of this magnitude for some time, and it's safe to say her time has now come. I've no doubt she'll take the momentum of this victory and charge even harder into what's left of the season and what lies beyond. Congrats Virginie!"
From the Land of the Rising Sun, Virginie has already traveled back to Europe to battle it out for the overall title at the World Cup Finals in La Plagne, France before competing in the European Freeski Open in Laax, Switzerland as a three-time winner of the Slopestyle event. Given her current form, Virginie is in a great position to add yet more titles to her name in the Alps later this month. Beyond that, the newly crowned World Champion has her sights set on filming a jaw-dropping video part, scoring an elusive X Games medal and dreams of one day competing in the Olympic Games.
We'll leave the last word to Virginie: "This trip to Japan and my first world title is something I'll remember for the rest of my life. Thank you to all my friends, family and sponsors for all the support they've given me over the years!"
Swiss freeskier, Virginie Faivre, took home the top prize at the 2008 European Freeski Open in Laax on the weekend – for the third time in a row.
The 25 year old from Montreux was unbeatable in the slopestyle competition – with a huge kork 5, a mute switch 3 and a kork 3 mute over the kickers…and 85.40 points.
"I can't be more happy than now!! It's just too crazy," she said. "I can't believe it!"
"I was the only Swiss rider to be on the podium. And winning for a 3rd time here at home was just amazing. It means a lot to me."
- What made you decide that you wanted to turn skiing into your profession?
"When sponsors offerd me money to ski..."
- What do you enjoy about taking part in competitions?
"It gives you a big rush and sometimes make you go over the limits"
- What’s the most exciting thing going on in skiing right now?
"Girls are so hot right now!!!!"
- Who do you look up to as a ski legend?
"Candide Thovex is the legend for the ski freestyle"
- Other than home, where is your favorite place to ski, and why?
"Whistler for his great and diversity of terrain, and the big amount of snowfalls. (I’ve done so many powder days there!) Canada is beautiful, and I’m always really excited to go back there to see all my friends...."
- Which kids do you think are going to make it big in the next few years?
"You never know, kids are learning sooo fast! But I’ll go with Sean Pettit and Thomas Krief..."
- What was the best thing you did last season, and why?
"The best thing we did was to create our video production, called Snowhite. We can show the woman side of the sports. It’s going to get bigger with the years!"
- How did you first get sponsored, and what would your advice be for any young skiers looking to make a living from skiing?
"I competed in some big events, and got good results. Then my friends helped me out with their sponsors. As we were not too many girls around at this time, that went pretty well! For advice, I will say : “ Go ski, make some contests and then if you deserve it, sponsors will come to you... “
- What’s the best thing about being a pro skier?
"It’s to get paid for doing your passion, you can ski everyday and travel around the world!"
- What’s your main goal for next season?
"My main goal is to film a maximum with Snowhite, to be able to make a full segment; with backcountry, park, half-pipe and street rails"
- Describe your perfect day:
"It’s to wake up in the arms of my lover, see the fresh powder outside and the sunshine. Then go ride a perfect kicker in the backcountry, and session it with my buddies!!!!"
- Which is your favorite O’Neill product and why?
"The gloves with the wi-fi system. I love to ride with the music, and this system is great for riding and being with your friends! As you can stop the music, or change the song whenever you want, without taking the gloves out.... and you have no wires!
For the technical wear, I love the denim pants for riding!"