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WSF World Rookie Fest 2013 – Livigno, Italy – Finals

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Ole Christian Hagen from Norway and Valentina Barengo on top of the podium.

Day 3 at the 2013 WSF World Rookie Fest saw many of the most talented under 18 years snowboarders, challenging difficult weather conditions with wind and snow falls. Ole Christian Hagen from Norway and Valentina Barengo from Italy won the title of the event, one of the most wished awards in youth snowboard competitions.

Among the girls Talie Larochaix from France won the grom category, while Valentina Barengo from Italy resulted the winner among the female rookies with a solid run including rotations on every kickers of the largest line in the slopestyle. "It is my third and last year as a rookie and winning here in Livigno is like a dream come true" said Valentina after the prize giving ceremony.

The male grom section showcased an insane level of riding since the qualifications where Norwegian ripper Marcus Kleveland stomped a bs double cork 1260. In the finals the challenge for the first place was between Marcus and his team mate Isak Ulstein which resulted the best and conquered the top of the podium. Third place for Tit Stante from Slovenia, another name to remember.

In the male rookie category the battle for the title was amazing with several changes in top positions during the 3 final runs. The Norwegian Ole Christian Hagen conquered his second victory in Livigno, followed on the podium by Simon Bürki from Swiss and Rowan Coultas from Great Britain.


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