Selig, Bryan Win FWT Qualifier in Jackson Hole

Rebecca Selig and Jesse Bryan snagged top honors at the Freeskiing World Tour Qualifying stop in Jackson Hole.
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When you’re skiing terrain that’s permanently closed to the public, you’ve got to be good. Ten female and 21 male athletes had what it took to the final day of the qualifying stop of the FWT, at Jackson Hole in an area of terrain called Tower Three.

On the men’s side, Jesse Bryan dominated the field on both days of competition with his aggressive line choice and solid technique, stomping big air at the bottom of his run. Finishing up with an 83.1, his solid runs impressed the judges and earned him the Sickbird Award as well. Despite his young age, Canadian Caleb Brown skied a very aggressive line loaded with features, earning second place for the men with an 80.53. Close behind in third place, was a new face on the tour, Corey Felton, a Jackson local who displayed his terrain knowledge with smooth execution, finishing off his run with a technical air in the trees and final score of 79.37.

“Today I picked a line that I could ski nice and clean but fairly fast, and it worked out just how I pictured it,” said Jesse Bryan. “You come into these competitions knowing that there are so many good skiers, and getting first place and the Sickbird Award is just awesome. I’m absolutely ecstatic.”

For the ladies, Selig dominated the women’s field throughout the weekend, skiing fast, fluid, and exposed lines. Defending her top spot on day one, she won the competition with a final score of 73.63. In second place was Jackson Hole’s very own Crystal Wright, who executed an impressive technical air in the middle of her run, earning her a 68.10. Kristin Knaub had a consistent weekend, choosing big lines that required her to negotiate a lot of moving snow, putting her in third place with a score of 64.33.

“You never know what to expect when you come into these competitions, so I’m really happy it turned out the way it did,” said Selig. “I changed my run a bit; I decided to go right instead of left and it obviously was the right choice. It’s my mom’s birthday today so I’m stoked to call her and give her the news.”

“Good day to judge the finals. Blue bird, great snow, great terrain, great talent; we could not have asked for more. We had a tough time picking these athletes out, but our top finishers were the ones who showed fluid and confident skiing through the tough terrain,” said head judge Jim Jack.

Here are the highlights from the final day of competiton.


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