PK Hunder wins Jon Olsson Invitational
At the annual Jon Olsson Invitational, held this past weekend in Åre, Sweden, PK Hunder from Norway took home first place in the big air contest among a stacked field of competitors.
Sweden's own Henrik Harlaut, who won X Games Aspen 2013 Big Air in January, took second, followed by Espen Bergh, an up-and-coming skier from Norway, in third.
This year, 30 skiers competed, including invited pros and amateurs who qualified through a video contest.
"There are a lot of ways to make room for newcomers at an event, most of these ways are done by video qualification," said Jon Olsson, a pro skier and the event's founder. "Fifty percent of the skiers that qualify through videos for JOI this year will be skiers that have not been to this event in the past. It's time to really make sure that there are a lot of new guys in there."
In addition to the big air contest, there was also a parallel slalom race for invited ski racers. Olsson, a former X Games athlete in freeskiing disciplines, switched to ski racing several years ago and continues to push for a chance to compete in the Olympics as a ski racer.