Jon Olsson Invitational Promises to Bring Skiing’s Top Talent to Are, Sweden

The Jon Olsson Invitational is scheduled to take place in Are, Sweden, April 6 and 7, 2012. I, for one, can't wait to see what happens. The annual event has a history of providing winter sports fans with some of the best ski action around. Many internationally known skiers tend to participate, and this year appears to be no exception.

Here are a few more details:

About the Invitational

The Jon Olsson Invitational is an Association of Freeskiing Professional's (AFP) sanctioned event. There will be competitions held in big air and parallel slalom. Qualifiers for both disciplines will be held on April 6. The finals are expected to commence on April 7. Admission to the event is gratis.

About the Competitors

Personally, I am stoked over the list of riders for each event. Americans Bobby Brown and Gus Kenworthy are among the athletes anticipated to participate in the big air event. Switzerland's Kai Mahler, Aussie Russ Henshaw and Norway's Fridtjof Fredricson are also expected to be in attendance. Of course, event organizer and athlete extraordinaire Jon Olsson will be competing as well.

In the big air competition, I'll be rooting for Brown, Kenworthy, and Mahler. All three are currently ranked at the top of the AFP Men's Big Air World Rankings. In my opinion, Bobby Brown has a good chance at winning it. He has an uncanny ability to make landing a triple cork look as natural as making a pot of coffee. In my book, that makes him downright dangerous as a competitor. Mahler and Kenworthy are formidable on the slopes, too. Mahler's switch double misty is legendary, and Kenworthy seemingly has an endless bag of tricks to pull from.

The parallel slalom competition has attracted its fair share of top name athletes, too. American Warner Nickerson will be participating, as well as Canadian Jeffrey Frisch and Germany's Felix Neureuter. I'll be crossing my fingers for all three.

About the Venue

Are is one of Sweden's most popular ski resorts. It has been attracting winter sports enthusiasts for decades. Longtime sports fans may recall that Are has been the site of many FIS Ski World Cup Finals. Additional information about the region may be found on the Ski Star website.

Other Upcoming Events

Other AFP events scheduled for April 2012 include the USASA Nationals, the Nine Knights, the World Skiing Invitational, and the AFP World Championships. The USASA Nationals will be taking place in Colorado. The Nine Knights is slated to take place in Italy and the remaining two events are set to go down in Canada. Full details about each one are available online.

Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports with her family and has traveled extensively.

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Updated Friday, Mar 23, 2012