In 2011 Midwest boy Willie Borm was listed by Powder Magazine as one of the top 20 athletes under 18 years old. There’s a reason you’ll be seeing a lot more of Borm in the years to come. (Getty Images/Hannah Peters)
X Games champion Nick Goepper set the tone for the 2014 Olympic freeskiing season with a win in the Audi Quattro New Zealand Winter Games slopestyle on Sunday.
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games qualifying period opens Sept. 7 for slopestyle skiing.
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Willie Borm has been knocking on the door of slopestyle skiing for years, which is saying something since he’s only 17 years old. This young ripper is not only climbing the ranks in the slopestyle world, he also finds time to film ski movie segments.
He took sixth at the Dumont Cup in April 2012 and was ranked 22nd in the AFP overall slopestyle rankings out of 1,000 international competitors. On top of that, in 2011 he was listed as one of the top 20 athletes under 18 years old by Powder Magazine.
Borm had a great year in 2013. Thanks to his solid results, he earned an invite to Dew Tour and X Games Tignes. He then won the Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open and took third at The North Face Park & Pipe Open Series in Whistler. He also held his own on the highly competitive World Cup circuit.
The 2014 season marked freeskiing’s inaugural Olympic qualifying period and Borm came into the season an Olympic hopeful. With invites to the Dew Tour and Grand Prix series, Borm held his own among the sport’s top pros and showed the world that he will be one to watch for years to come.
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