The King Of Style video qualifying contest has come to an end. After reviewing the top 20 vote-getting entries, contest judges chose Canadians Paul Bergeron and JF Houle, and Americans Gus Kenworthy and LJ Strenio to receive the last four invitations to the Stockholm big air event taking place November 20.
The judges deemed Bergeron's video (above) as the best of the online video qualification entries, so he will bypass the preliminary round and automatically advance to the finals. All four winners will have their travel and accommodations covered for the event.
"Paul Bergeron presented excellent skiing with the theme personified, King of Style," said video judge Simon Tjernström. "With both progressive tricks and smooth execution [Bergeron] is this year's winner in the video qualification and therefore directly qualified to the final."
The new invitees were elated to learn that they'd be competing next month, and took time to thank the people who voted their videos onto the judging table.
"Thank you to everybody who voted for my KOS Video," Gus Kenworthy wrote in a Facebook status update this morning. "It looks like I'm heading to Sweden this November!"
John Strenio, who used Blink 182's 1997 hit "Dammit" as the soundtrack to his video qualification entry, gave that music choice some of the credit for his success.
"Guess there's a lot of blink 182 fans still?" Strenio wrote on his Facebook page after learning the news. "Thanks for the props and votes!"
The rest of the winning video entries: