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Olivia McNeill set for Freeride World Tour finals

Whistler Freeride Club product Olivia McNeil has her eyes on the podium and looks to make some noise at the final stop of the Freeride World Tour this Saturday in Verbier, Switzerland
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Olivia McNeill drops off a rock face in Baqueira Beret, Spain in the first leg of the FWT. | Photo courtesy of the Freeride World Tour

Four competitions down, one to go.

The Freeride World Tour (FWT) is set for its last stop in Verbier, Switzerland on Saturday, March 26 and Whistler Freeride Club alum Olivia McNeill has a chance to shoot for the podium.

After the first four competitions, McNeill currently sits fourth in the overall rankings, 10,000 points behind leader Jessica Hotter from New Zealand.

In the FWT, skiers are awarded a predetermined number of points for where they land in the rankings of each event, with the top three results being used to calculate the final rankings.

McNeill currently has a first, third- and sixth-place finish under her belt, and with the increased points being given out in the two final stops of the tour, the Whistler product has a strong chance of jumping up a few spots in the rankings if she can top her sixth-place finish.

Unfortunately, with Hotter already having two firsts and a second this year—including a win in Fieberbrunn, Austria, where first-place gives you 12,500 points instead of the usual 10,000—the top spot is just out of reach for McNeill, even with a win.

However, a podium spot is still well within reach for McNeill, who just needs to finish ahead of one or both of Lily Bradley and Hedvig Wessel to steal a spot.

If you are interested in following the competition live, the finals get underway at 1:15 a.m. PST on Saturday, March 26 and will be streamed online.