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Marcus Goguen clinches first Freeride World Tour victory in Georgia

The Whistler Freeride Club alum has also qualified for Finals
Marcus Goguen (middle) earned gold at the Freeride World Tour's Georgia Pro event on Feb. 29, 2024.

Marcus Goguen is a force, but you probably already knew that if you're a fan of Sea to Sky skiers and their exploits. 

The Whistlerite put down a mind-bender of a run at the Freeride World Tour's (FWT) inaugural Georgia Pro, eliciting a near-perfect score of 98.00 to claim his first gold on the big show. He exploded into his line with a smooth 360 into the guts of the face and then stuck with the fall line, combining a high-amplitude backflip with a corked 720. 

In so doing, Goguen locked up a FWT Finals berth and vaulted up the overall rankings into second place. He keeps a banner season for the Whistler Freeride Club (WFC) going after Lukas Bennett conquered the Freeride Junior World Championship (FJWC) weeks ago in Austria.

“It’s a dream come through," Goguen said in a press release. "I’ve been working towards this for basically my entire life. I’m still in shock and can’t believe I landed that run. I made it up after the 720 as I had way more speed than expected, so I’m glad it worked out. Stoked to have scored the equal highest score with my buddy Logan Pehota. My objective is to keep it going; keep skiing lines I want to and keep having fun – that’s what it is all about.”

Swiss rider Martin Bender rode his fluid skiing to silver and also qualified for Finals. Max Hitzig backed up his two wins this season with a third-place outing for Germany, executing multiple gravity-defying backflips with an equally deep 360. 

WFC alumni Jackson Bathgate and Wei Tien Ho did not make the Finals cut, and will instead go to the FWT Challenger series. 

Full results from Mestia, Georgia are available online.