Fresh after taking on the Americans at the Vancouver Olympic Games, Peetu Piiroinen is back on European soil and he has the Swatch TTR World Snowboarding title fixed firmly in his sights. This weekend see’s Oslo host Terje Haakonsen’s legendery Oakley Arctic Challenge, and with a star studded line up including Eric Willett, Antti Autti, Mikkel Bang and a host of other riders, it could be the best one yet.
This year see’s the Oakley adopt a Slopestyle format. This shouldnt phase Peetu as he is the perfect embodiment of a Swatch TTR World Snowboard Champion. Versatile across a verity of formats, consistent through out an entire season, and able to perform under pressure, Peetu Piiroinen just needs to finish in 5th place or higher to secure an unassailable tour lead and become the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Champion for the second year in a row.
Currently sitting in World No.3 on the TTR World Ranking list, grom Gjermund Braaten (NOR), will need to put on a solid performance at TAC to defend this spot, as there are many riders slated to be present who could challenge his position in the rankings. In fact, every rider present who is currently in the TTR Top10 stands the chance of moving into the World No. 3 spot: Marko Grilc (SLO), Antti Autti (FIN), Christian Haller (SUI), Stale Sandbech (NOR), Eric Willett (USA) and Janne Korpi (FIN). These riders are all looking to get a piece of the end of season Swatch TTR prize purse of $200,000 USD as well as the guaranteed invites to next season’s 6Star events.
So, with all this action afoot, make sure you dont miss the event! Visit http://www.ttrworldtour.com/events/season-0910/6star/oakley-arctic-challenge.html for more details!