They threw down the tricks — you voted — and the 2011 Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under Championship went to 19-year-old Colorado native Gus Kenworthy! The young champion received the most public votes after becoming a fan favorite with a perfect double cork 1440 tail grab.
He followed his win with words of gratitude, “The One Hit Wonder was one of the sickest contests that I’ve ever been a part of. There were a lot of heavy hitters in attendance and it probably could have gone a few different ways, but I’m stoked that in the end my dub 14 took the win. I can’t wait for next year and thank you to everybody who voted for me!”
The Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under was a huge success thanks to a great host –Thredbo Resort in Thredbo, Australia — and a combination of world-class sponsors, phenomenal weather, and ridiculously talented athletes. The event even has bragging rights for the highest single piece of snow construction in the Southern Hemisphere with a 100-foot jump built by Charles Beckinsale.
“Three years ago this event was just an excuse to build a big jump… Today, nothing has changed,” says Event Director Tim Myers. “I think the reason it works so well is because everyone on the team, from the event coordinators, the marketing team, the camera crew and even the work experience kid, grew up on snow and knows their way around the mountains. In 2012 I don’t know if we can keep building this thing bigger, but we will be keeping it fun.”
Participating free-skiing standouts included 2010 defending champion Bobby Brown, Jossi Wells, Joe Schuster, and Jordan and Jesse Houghton. The NIXON Peer Performance Award awarded Jesse Houghton with a $659 NIXON 51-30 watch after he received the most votes from his fellow competitors.
But the awards didn’t stop there for this unique event. Every member of the voting public was was placed into a drawing to win the “Ultimate Winter Package” with more than $10,000 at stake. The lucky winner was Ellen Mowbray from New South Wales. She and a friend will get to enjoy an all-expense-paid holiday at the Phoenix Hotel in Hakuba, Japan, as well as receive a Salomon ski or snowboard package, Von Zipper eyewear and a GE DV1 HD Waterproof and Shockproof Video Camera.
The Toyota One Hit Wonder Down Under Champion will be back in 2012 and will continue to be packed with gravity-defying thrills and huge opportunities for fans and athletes alike.
Until then, check out the 2011 highlight video and some more fantastic photography: