All-star lineup expected for WSI 

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Shoya Okazaki – One of the top-ranked Japanese pros making their presence felt on the circuit, Okazaki comes from a freestyle moguls background – he still competes on the World Cup – and skis for Salomon.

Steele Spence – Steele, 20, is best known for his rail-skiing, but this Snowmass, Colorado skier can do it all. He was fourth in the X-Games slopestyle, and skis for Atomic, Smith and Rip Curl.

John Symms – John just turned 20 on April 18, and skis out of Snowmass Village, Colorado. He was third in the U.S. Open big air this year and sixth in the Superpipe. He was also seventh in the X-Games superpipe. Sponsors include Salomon, Smith, Orage and Endless.

Rex Thomas – T-Rex is calling Kicking Horse in Golden home these days, and is one of the hardest working and most colourful skiers out there. He’s also pretty skilled, and at 23, is already a veteran on the circuit with a number of top results to his credit, including a third-place finish in a WSI Big Air. He skis for Atomic, Orage, Scott USA, W Helmets and Comor Sports.

Candide Thovex – From France, Thovex is one of the tightest and most creative freeskiers you’ll ever see in action. This year he won the X-Games Superpipe by almost six points, and was fifth in the slopestyle. Last season he finished second in the WSI Superpipe, and he is a threat in every contest he enters. He is a prominent member of the Salmon team.

Chris Turpin – Whistler’s Chris Turpin is a smooth, smooth skier who some believe should have won the WSI Big Air last year. As it was he finished second, and was also in the running for the WSI superhit award with a twisting inverted trick that he takes off and lands backwards. Skiing for K2, Scott and Billabong, Turpin is a threat to win at home this year.

Andrew Woods – From the backwoods of Northern Vermont, Woods astounded everybody at the U.S. Freeskiing Open in 2000 when he nailed the first ever 1260 in the Big Air competition. This year he was fifth in the U.S. Open superpipe. He skis for Dynastar, Lange, DNA, Electric and Vermont North.

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