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Andy Mahre Represents for Team Americas in the Skier’s Cup
Posted on February 23, 2015

The annual Swatch Skier’s Cup, which pits the best freeskiers in North America head-to-head against the best freeskiers in Europe, is on this week in Zermatt, Switzerland with Eddie Bauer skier Andy Mahre representing for Team Americas. The pairings for day one’s backcountry slopestyle have landed Mahre with tough match-ups against two French skiers, Richard PERMIN (FRA) and Sam FAVRET (FRA), in the head-to-head, winner-take-all competition.

Representing a collection of the best freeskiers on the planet, both teams were hand-picked as is the tradition for this annual marque event by Team Europe and Team Americas captains Julien Regnier and Seth Morrison. These pro skiers will shred for glory and country in the first competition day on Tuesday or Wednesday, so we’re highlighting the report from the venue inspection and head-to-head draw in the marquee international freeskiing event. Check back on the Live Your Adventure blog and on the Eddie Bauer Facebook page all week for updates and behind the scenes coverage of the event. Or follow along at SwatchSkiersCup.com.

Image gallery  by  Shannon Skouras, handshake image below Courtesy Heinz Julen/The Swatch Skier’s Cup

Team Americas posing for a photo op with the Matterhorn in the background.

 

The full breakdown and the head to head pairings, courtesy of the folks at The Swatch Skier’s Cup:

To decide who meets whom in a heat, one of the the two team captains has his starting rider picked by draw, leaving the other captain the advantage of tactically deciding which of his riders will go head-to-head to the drawn rider. In the second heat the roles are reversed and so forth. This process has now been completed for the Backcountry Slopestyle event, giving the start list with the exciting heats you can see below.

Team Americas and Team Europe hiking in lockstep to the starting point for the Backcountry Slopestyle inspection in Zermatt, Switzerland

The three international judges will work with the simplest scoring method possible, judging from an overall perspective. In each heat they compare the two riders. A showing of a blue sign means a vote for best performance by a Team Europe rider, and a showing of a red sign means a vote for the Team Americas rider. The rider who has the votes from at least two judges wins the heat and is rewarded with 1 point for his team. The losing rider gets 0 points for his team. The team with the most of the 36 available points after both days of competition wins!

Andy Mahre meeting his Euro competition at the draw. photo courtesy of Heinz Julen/The Swatch Skier's Cup

HEAT 1 Sam FAVRET (FRA)                   VS Sage CATTABRIGA-ALOSA (USA)

HEAT 2  Tanner RAINVILLE (USA)           VS Nicolas VUIGNIER (SUI)

HEAT 3  Richard PERMIN (FRA)               VS Andy MAHRE (USA)

HEAT 4  Callum PETTIT (USA)                 VS Sven KUEENLE (GER)

HEAT 5  Sverre LILIEQUIST (SWE)          VS Rory BUSHFIELD (CAN)

HEAT 6  Cody TOWNSEND (USA)            VS Loïc COLLOMB-PATTON (FRA)

HEAT 7  Fabien MAIERHOFER (FRA)       VS Dana FLAHR (CAN)

HEAT 8  Logan PEHOTA (CAN)                VS Sam ANTHAMATTEN (SUI)

HEAT 9  Julien REGNIER (FRA)               VS Seth MORRISON (USA)

HEAT 1  Rory BUSHFIELD (CAN)             VS Loïc COLLOMB-PATTON (FRA)

HEAT 2  Fabien MAIERHOFER (FRA)       VS Callum PETTIT (CAN)

HEAT 3  Cody TOWNSEND (USA)            VS Sam ANTHAMATTEN (SUI)

HEAT 4  Julien REGNIER (FRA)               VS Dana FLAHR (CAN)

HEAT 5  Logan PEHOTA (CAN)                VS Nicolas VUIGNIER (SUI)

HEAT 6  Sverre LILIEQUIST (SWE)          VS Seth MORRISON (USA)

HEAT 7  Andy MAHRE (USA)                   VS Sam FAVRET (FRA)

HEAT 8  Sven KUEENLE (GER)               VS Sage CATTABRIGA-ALOSA (USA)

HEAT 9  Tanner RAINVILLE (USA)           VS Richard PERMIN (FRA)

 

Author: - Monday, February 23rd, 2015
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