by reader Tom Finn
Everyone loves a comeback. Tanner Hall, Candide Thovex, and CR Johnson are just some of the athletes who have returned from horrific injuries to the top of the sport of freeskiing. With the X-Games now over and contest season in full-swing, I’d like to air my predictions for those most likely to make a comeback and be seen gracing the pages of magazines as “2013 Skier of the Year.”
Colby James West
Photo from Jacob Wester’s blog.
More known for his late night infomercials and comedic personality than skiing prowess, Colby is fresh off a busy filming season where he appeared in exactly zero movies. We are going to guess that he spent all of that free time training to represent his native New Hampshire for the USA in the debut of slopestyle at the Sochi Olympics. West escaped the collapse of CoreUpt skis just in time to launch his bespoke line with that Austrian company whose name everyone mispronounces as “castle“. He is likely now riding on equipment that will not delaminate in mere hours. The extra training time and updated gear should make him a serious contender for the AFP points total this year.