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"THE FLYING FINN" and WORLD SUPER STAR SNOWBOARDING from FINLAND - ANTTI AUTTI

Antti Autti


Medal record
Competitor for Finland
Men's Snowboarding
FIS Snowboarding World Championships
Gold 2005 Whistler Halfpipe
Gold 2005 Whistler Big Air
Silver 2007 Arosa Big Air
Bronze 2003 Kreischberg Big Air
X Games Medal Record
Gold 2005 Aspen Superpipe
Bronze 2009 Aspen Superpipe

Antti-Matias Antero Autti (born March 15, 1985 in Rovaniemi, Finland) is a Finnishsnowboarding star who shot to fame when he defeated big-name talents Danny Kass, Andy Finch, and Shaun White in the Men's Superpipe at the 2005 Winter X Games to claim the gold. He is one of two snowboarders, along with Steve Fisher, ever to beat Shaun White in the X Games Superpipe.

Autti is the first non-American to win the event. He kicked off his final run with back-to-back 1080s, one of the hardest snowboarding tricks, and is only the third snowboarder to land the sequence in competition, behind Michael McBee and Ross Powers.

His clutch and technical performance sparked the "1080 Revolution" and set a new standard in men's halfpipe competition, where men must throw at least one 1080, if not two back-to-back, in order to do well in contests. Just two weeks earlier, he was crowned double World Champion in Big Air and the halfpipe at the 2005 Snowboarding World Championships in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

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Biography

Born to Yrjö and Katariina Autti, Autti hails from Rovaniemi, a 55,000 population city that sits on the Arctic Circle and is considered the gateway to the Lapland region of Finland. Athletic genes run in his family - Autti's younger brother Tuomas is an aspiring freestyle skier, and his uncle is Arto Autti, who was a defender on the Finnish National football team. Autti started snowboarding in spring 1995 after he saw someone snowboarding while on a skiing vacation with his family at the Ylläs ski center in Lapland.


Career


2004-2005

Following his breakthrough at the World Championships and the Winter X Games, Autti went on to finish second at the 2005 Nippon Open, third at the 2005 U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships and first in Big Air at the Arctic Challenge, the exclusive snowboarding event founded by Terje Haakonsen. He was also awarded Best Tweak for his switch backside 540, which is his favorite trick.

In April 2005, it was officially announced that Autti will represent Finland at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Because of this honor, he received a piece of land in Rovaniemi, on which he hopes to build a new home.

Over the summer of 2005, Autti purchased an apartment, which he is still trying to furnish. At the end of July, he competed in Nokia's Totally Board in Taiwan. Autti embarked on Billabong's Freeway Tour in August, which spirits Billabong-sponsored riders to various contests in Australia and New Zealand. He won the Perisher Pipe Cup and took third in the Slopestyle Jam. It was Autti's first time Down Under, and he likes New Zealand's famed Snowpark because it is like a "big playground," and it reminds him of Finland because "you can see everyone from the lift." Australian snowboarders on the Tour, Nick Gregory and Clint Allan, introduced Autti to their country's native wombats and kangaroos and got him addicted to pies.


2005-2006

Autti kicked off the 2005-2006 World Cup season with third and first place finishes in Valle Nevado, Chile in September. He followed it in October with a second place podium in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.

During Finland's Annual Skiexpo in November 2005, Autti was awarded Rider of the Year by Slammer Magazine's Riders of the Year Awards. He received the most votes in a readers internet poll. He also finished ninth in Finland's annual Sports Athlete of the Year poll, voted on by sports magazine journalists.

Before the end of 2005, Autti competed in the X-Trail Jam in Japan and finished fifth in the quarterpipe and fourth in the straight jump. For his banner year, he was invited to Finland's President's Ball in December, an annual banquet honoring all of the elite athletes, politicians, celebrities, and public figures in Finland. Autti attended the event with Mattila, where they met the President, Tarja Halonen — who was re-elected for a second term on January 29, 2006 — and her husband Pentti Arajävi.

Autti competed in the Burton European Open in Laax, Switzerland in January 2006, taking second place in slopestyle. Two days later, riding with a bruised rib, he finished fourth in the halfpipe.

At the 2006 Winter X Games, the extremely icy pipe proved to be hazardous to numerous riders, including Autti, and he came up short in his defense of his gold medal, finishing sixth.

Two weeks later at the 2006 Winter Olympics, despite a near-flawless run, he finished fifth with a controversial low score of 39.1 that elicited plenty of "boo's" from fans in the stands. Bronze medalist and teammate Markku Koski felt the same way, stating it should have been Autti on the podium.

After a two week stay in Japan, Autti returned to the top of the podium at the Vans Cup at Tahoe in March and pocketed $20,000. He finished the season with a sixth place finish in the quarterpipe and 10th place finishes in the halfpipe and slopestyle at the 2006 U.S. Open.

In April 2006, Autti and his Flow teammates swept the TransWorld Team Challenge, taking five awards, including Best Halfpipe Rider for Autti.

In December 2006, he scored 3rd place at the Nokia Air & Style in Munich, Germany. The Air & Style is considered one of the biggest and most prestigious events in Europe.


2008-2009

Autti participated in the Winter X Games 12. He finished 3rd in Best Trick Showdown, 7th in Snowboard Superpipe, and 4th in Snowboard Slopestyle. Most recently he won the 2008 Toyota Big Air Japan beating his fellow Flow teammate Risto Mattila, who came in second place.

2009- Autti placed 3rd, in the mens superpipe competition in X Games 13


Off the snow

Autti, who speaks Finnish, English and Swedish, enjoys skateboarding, photography, salmiakki, movies (especially Johnny Depp films) and music. Some of his favorite artists include Turbonegro, The Hellacopters, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, David Bowie, Social Distortion, The Datsuns and Mötley Crüe. He listened to Mötley Crüe's "Kickstart My Heart" — which he dubs "probably the best song ever" — during his gold medal-winning run at the 2005 X Games. Autti's favorite drink is scotch without rocks, and he says he would be a bartender if he were not a snowboarder. He says he cannot define himself as an athlete in the traditional sense because "in my opinion I'm a snowboarder and my own person." The best part of being a professional snowboarder, he feels, is traveling around the world, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.

Always calm, cool and collected, Autti tries not to stress himself out too much if he is not riding well because he believes it is important to not lose the fun of snowboarding, echoing his advice to future shredders: "It'd be best if people that throw themselves into snowboarding understood what this sport is about. The competitions alone don't mean everything. There'll always be more of them. In my opinion, the fun going-ons and the smile on your face are a lot more important. Doing well's nice, no doubt about it, but it's important that you don't lose the pleasure of the riding itself in the competing."


Sponsors

Autti is sponsored by Flow snowboarding, Billabong, Dakine, Nokia, Giro and Swix.


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"THE FLYING FINN" and WORLD SUPER STAR SNOWBOARDING from FINLAND - PETJA PIIROINEN

Petja Piiroinen


Petja Piiroinen Snowboard
Voller Name Petja Piiroinen
Nation FinnlandFinnland Finnland
Geburtstag 15. August 1991
Geburtsort Hyvinkää, Finnland
Karriere
Disziplin Big Air
Verein Sveitsin Hiihtokeskus
Nationalkader seit 2005
Status aktiv
Medaillenspiegel
Juniorenweltmeisterschaften 1 × Gold 0 × Silber 0 × Bronze
Junioren-SnowboardweltmeisterschaftVorlage:Medaillen_Wintersport/Wartung/unerkannt
Gold 2008 Valmalenco Big Air
Platzierungen
FIS-Logo Weltcup
Debüt im Weltcup 15. April 2005
Podiumsplatzierungen 1. 2. 3.
Big Air 0 0 1
TTR-Logo Ticket to Ride
TTR-Debüt 4. Dezember 2005
letzte Änderung: 10. Februar 2009

Petja Piiroinen (* 15. August 1991 in Hyvinkää) ist ein finnischer Snowboarder, der vor allem im Big Air antritt, bisweilen auch in der Halfpipe und im Slopestyle.

Seit 1998 fährt Piiroinen Snowboard, Petjas älterer Bruder Peetu Piiroinen ist ebenfalls Snowboarder und geht im Weltcup und der Ticket to Ride World Tour an den Start.

Sein Debüt im Snowboard-Weltcup war am 22. Dezember 2007 in Sofia, wo er bei einem Big-Air-Wettbewerb auf Anhieb den achten Platz belegte. Seinen ersten Podiumsplatz schaffte er in derselben Saison in Graz im Januar 2008 – ebenfalls im Big Air, als er Dritter wurde. Bei den FIS-Juniorenweltmeisterschaften im März 2008 gewann er in dieser Disziplin den Titel vor Roger Kleivdal und Tero Manninen, in der Halfpipe belegte er Rang 32. Die Saison 2009 begann er mit einem achten Platz beim Sieg seines Bruders in London. Einem weiteren Top-Ten-Platz folgte der sechste Rang bei den Snowboard-Weltmeisterschaften 2009 im koreanischenGangwon.

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FIS-Weltcup
  • 19. März 2008 1. Platz FIS-Juniorenweltmeisterschaften (Big Air)

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"THE FLYING FINN" and WORLD SUPER STAR SNOWBOARDING from FINLAND - PEETU PIIROINEN

Peetu Piiroinen


Medal record
Men's snowboarding
Competitor for Finland
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver Halfpipe

Peetu Piiroinen (born February 15, 1988) is a Finnish snowboarder.

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Personal life

Living in Hyvinkää, Finland, with his home mountain being Sveitsin Hiihtokeskus, Peetu has been travelling the world competing since 1997.

He consistently competes on the TTR World Tour and is currently one of the best snowboarders in the world. He finished 2nd in the Winter Olympics halfpipe event in 2010.


Career

He won the 2008/2009 Swatch TTR World Snowboard Championship and received much favourable press in his native country of Finland. In 2009/10, Peetu Piiroinen has carved his name into the history book of snowboarding by becoming the first snowboarder ever to win two consecutive Swatch TTR World Champion titles. As if re-claiming the most prestigious award in snowboarding was not enough, he also secured it a week before the last 6Star event, the Burton US Open. Piiroinen took an unassailable lead in the TTR World Ranking List with a win in the slopestyle at the 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge in Norway, Oslo on March 8th, 2010. Along with the title, the 22-year old Fin has earned himself another TTR prize money worth $50,000 USD and automatic invites to all major TTR events for the 2010/2011 season. In the 2010 season, Peetu has managed to balance his TTR commitments as well as shine at events outside the TTR tour winning an Olympic silver medal and took the title at the Toyota Big Air in Japan.

In the 2007/2008 Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour, Piiroinen finished ranked World No.3. He finished 2nd in the Winter Olympics halfpipe event in 2010. Piiroinen has a sponsorship deal with Burton Snowboards. His other sponsors include anon, Battery and 015 Boards and Lifestyle.


Competition Results

Swatch TTR 2009/2010 Season

  • 2nd - Slopestyle - 5Star O'Neill Evolution (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 2nd - Halfpipe - 6Star O'Neill Evolution (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st - Slopestyle - 6Star Burton European Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st - Halfpipe - 6Star Burton European Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 2nd - Big Air - 6Star Billabong Air & Style (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st - Slopestyle - 6Star Oakley Arctic Challenge (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st - TTR Ranking - 09/10 Men's TTR Tour Champion (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))


Competition Results

Swatch TTR 2008/2009 Season

  • 2nd - Big Air - 6Star Nissan X-Trail Jam (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 5th - Slopestyle - 6Star O'Neill Evolution (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st - Quarterpipe - 6Star O'Neill Evolution (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 2nd - Slopestyle - 6Star Burton European Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 5th - Halfpipe - 6Star Burton European Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 2nd - Quarterpipe - 6Star Billabong Air & Style (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 2nd - Halfpipe - 6Star Burton US Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 5th - Slopestyle - 6Star Burton US Open (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st - TTR Ranking - 08/09 Men's TTR Tour Champion (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))
  • 1st - TTR Ranking - 09/10 Men's TTR Tour Champion (Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))

Silver - Snowboard Half Pipe - 2010 Winter Olympics


References


(Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour))


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Snowboarder (Finnland): Peetu Piiroinen, Petja Piiroinen, Antti Autti, Eero Ettala, Risto Mattila, Markku Koski, Janne Korpi

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