Defending champion Ane Enderud wins second stop of Freeride World Tour

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 15, 2010 6:13 am

                                                                      ANE ENDERUD RETURNS TO THE TOP

Defending champion Ane Enderud won the second stop of the Freeride World Tour this Saturday. Her victory at the Big Mountain Fieberbrunn marked a perfect return to the tour, after the Norwegian had missed the first event in Chamonix due to injury. The Big Mountain in Fieberbrunn was the second stop of the Freeride World Tour for the women. On the challenging north face of Wildseeloder 14 riders competed for a purse of 8.000 Euro and points for the overall tour ranking. A perfectly sunny day and a layer of fresh snow made for great, yet difficult conditions, as the base was rather shallow. Therefore aggressive, fluid skiing was in  demand, and nobody delivered better than Ane Enderud. The defending Freeride World Tour champion had undoubtedly the best run of the day flashing a technical line in one of the face‘s couloirs including some ambitious airs. Janette Hargin of Sweden came in second in front of Austrian Lorraine Huber in third. Janina Kuzma from New Zealand, Ane Enderud’s teammate on the Marker Völkl Freeski Team, finished fourth. Ane Enderud’s victory was a perfect return to the Freeride World Tour, after she had missed the first tour stop in Chamonix due to a back injury only two weeks earlier. Of course, the Norwegian was relieved: “I feel so very, very happy today. I have had huge problems with my back, so I was worried the whole week if I could start and if everything was going to be ok. Now being back again, riding with my friends and even winning is an amazing feeling.” The victory gives Ane good prospects on the world tour title, as three results out of four events count for the overall ranking. The winner of the first event, Jess McMillan, who also rides for the Marker Völkl Team, placed
twelfth this time for a second place in the current standings. Co-leaders after the second event are Janette Hargin and Eva Walkner from Austria, who placed fifth in Fieberbrunn. The third tour stop follows end of the month in the United States where riders will get to ski the legendary Tram Face in Squaw Valley.

Ane Enderud, the current Freeride World Tour Champion, grew up in Oslo and made her first turns in Hemsedal. The 29-year-old Norwegian is now living in the freeski mekka Chamonix, which is of course a fitting place for a Freeride World Champion. It was there in Chamonix where the former alpine racer Ane started her career as a frfreeriding professionally when she moved to France. After the monotony of the race course she resigned from the Norwegian national racing team and moved to Chamonix to enjoy a season of snow with two of her friends. She didn’t even take any skis, instead she took to a snowboard and a pair of telemarks. Her passion for downhill biking and surfing combined with a new found freedom in her mountain time laid the cornerstones to Ane’s calling, as a freeride skier. Besides skiing Ane is studying nutritional science and can imagine herself settling into this role after her skiing career, as she wants to continue working within sports. However, for the moment skiing is securely on the top of her menu.