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Many female Freeski and Snowboard pros will be digging out their Italian dictionaries, or at least downloading a translation app, because in two weeks time – from the 26th to the 30th of March – Livigno, Italy will be hosting some of the best female shredders in the game. Hunting for large masses of snow the Nine Queens presented by O’Neill have travelled from Austria to Italy. After the mayhem of Sochi the ladies can expect five days of genuine enjoyment on the gigantic feature at Mottolino Fun Mountain.

Livigno, 10th of March 2014 – The preparations for Nine Knights are in full swing, making the last-minute shift of the ladies’ event to Livigno possible. On site the shapers of Schneestern are working flat out to build the most eclectic feature of all time. The setup now greatly exceeds the dimensions of the originally planned obstacle: two independent kickers, a halfpipe and three times as many jib obstacles as before, with numerous lines and transitions.

The name of the game is progression and with some of the world’s best riders heading to Mottolino we are in for some first class action. Slopestyle Olympic bronze medallist Kim Lamarre (CAN) recently confirmed her attendance, a perfect addition to the stacked freeskiing riders list: Lisa Zimmermann (GER), Virginie Faivre (FRA), Katie Summerhayes (GBR), Silvia Bertagna (ITA) and many more.

Among the snowboard girls Jamie Anderson (USA) confirmed her attendance and with her recent US Open slopestyle victory and Olympic gold, she is on top of her game. Ready to push the boundaries at Nine Queens will also be Enni Rukajärvi (FIN), Jenny Jones (GBR), Spencer O’Brien (CAN), Silje Norendal (NOR), as well as, newcomer Anna Gasser (AUT), who this winter has claimed fame for her cab double cork, a trick that is at the hight of progression for women.

There is still time to send in application videos for the Wanna be a Queen Online Video Contest, for other newcomers to have the chance to take part in the unique event. The deadline has been moved to March 14th.

Make sure to check out the complete riders list below!

At the contest on Saturday March 29th the freeski and snowboard queens will compete for the fiercely contested crown. Between 10 am and 3 pm the ladies will slay it to their best abilities at the public Nine Queens final jam contest, a time that often sees never before landed tricks put down for the first time. If you feel like buying one of the ladies a drink to congratulate, you have the chance to do so at the Nine Queens Afterparty in Miky’s Pub Sunday Evening, on March the 30th. See you all there!

Contest Day Saturday March 29th, 10 am to 3 pm!

Riders list Freeski:
Eva Patscheider, AUT
Virginie Faivre, SUI
Katie Summerhayes, GBR
Kim Lamarre, CAN
Lisa Zimmermann, GER
Maude Raymond, CAN
Silvia Bertagna, ITA
Emma Dahlström, SWE
Kaja Turski, CAN
Grete Eliasson, NOR
Keri Herman, USA

Riders list Snowboard:
Spencer O’Brien, CAN
Enni Rukajärvi, FIN
Jamie Anderson, USA
Nadja Purtschert, SUI
Silje Norendal, NOR
Jenny Jones, GBR
Kjersti Ostgaard-Buaas, NOR
Elena Könz, SUI
Kristiina Nisula, FIN
Birgit Rofner, AUT
Julia Baumgartner, AUT

The program at a glance:

March 26 –28 non-public photo and film shootings
Saturday March 29: 10 am – 3 pm: Big Air competition, 3 pm: victory ceremony
Sunday March 30 from 10 pm on: Afterparty in Miky’s Pub

Find further details about the event and the WANNA BE A QUEEN Online Video Contest on and on facebook

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About Mottolino Fun Mountain:
Mottolino Fun Mountain is a skiing area of Livigno located in the Italian Alps. It is well known for its prime Snowpark, which has won several awards in Italy in recent years and is rated among the best ones in Europe: covering 120.000 m2 (more than 30 soccer fields) constructed from more than 170.000 m3 of snow. Fun is at the bottom of almost any activity which has led to a great variety over time. Not only has Mottolino hosted the highest music concert in the Italian mountains, the Ice Party, it has also been the home of three editions of the Burton European Open, seven editions of Burn River Jump and many times of the World Rookie Fest. In 2014 Mottolino will host the legendary NINE KNIGHTS freeski event, which will take place already for the third time in Italy, and this year for the first time also the NINE QUEENS freeski and snowboard event. The resort will provide enough snow for the shapers to build the massive, enchanted Nine Knights castle, which will remain in the beautiful mountains of the Mottolino skiing resort for a week. Do you want to know more about it? Check out our brand new webcam on:
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About Livigno:
Sitting right in the heart of the Alps, Livigno is the place to discover new winter sports: In Livigno, telemark skiing is living a second youth, freestyle has grown up and snowboarding found its first fans. Livigno has also hosted several editions of the Burton European Open, a top international event, which turned the resort into a real Mecca of snowboarding during the first years of the new millennium. The snow and ski areas are winter’s main attractions as Livigno provides an extensive and modern ski-lift network to its guests. Today, with more than 115 km of slopes and the Mottolino Snowpark, rated as the best European Resort at the World Snow Awards of London, this “Little Tibet” is a perfect choice for everyone, with or without a snowboard, to enjoy snow, shopping and après ski.
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