All-star lineup expected for WSI 

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Greg Tuffelmire – Tuffelmire hails for Summit County, Colorado, is 26-years-old, and is a regular feature in videos and magazines these days. He is a strong skier, and currently represents O’Neill, Volkl, Technica, Smith and Auclair.

The Stand-by list of men includes Steele Spence, Jay Vaughan, Charles Gagnier, Jon Kozody and Peter Olenick.

The list of female competitors includes:

Jessica Bennie – Bennie skis out of Whistler, and can spin 720s in competitions. She first got noticed when she over-rotated a 720 in a competition, and before she recovered, a rep was asking her if she was sponsored. She skis for Atomic, Orage, Scott USA, W Helmets, 604, and Jib Culture.

Sarah Burke – Sarah lives in Mammoth these days, but spent her salad days in Whistler. She is one of the top women freeskiers in the world, winning almost every contest with a huge bag of tricks and nice amplitude. She is the only girl to stomp a 1080. She was second in the U.S. Open superpipe this year, and first in the slopestyle. She skis for the Salomon team.

Jessica Cumming – Cumming is a relative newcomer to the sport, but already is sponsored by Rossignol and Predator.

Hannah Epps – From Wisconsin, Epps has competed in the U.S. Freesking Open in the past, and is steadily making her way into the mainstream. She skis for Salomon and Scott USA.

Virginie Faivre – This Ste-Legier, Switzerland skier was fourth the U.S. Open slopestyle this year and fifth in the superpipe.

Kristi Leskinen – Kristi skis out of Mammoth, California where she trains with Sarah Burke. She is also a pro wakeboarder, and has a strong style.

She is sponsored by Oakley.

Marie Martinod – From France, Martinod edged out Burke in the U.S. Open superpipe this year and is one of the top women competing on the circuit. Her sponsors are Oakley and Dynastar.

Kristina Richards – Based in Penticton, Richards skis for K2, Scott and Apex Mountain Resort

Kim Stacey – Stacey is an accomplished pro snowboarder and former Olympian who recently got back into skiing as well. She finished third in the U.S. Open superpipe this year, and is not currently sponsored.

Jamie Sundberg – Sundberg is based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and, like Stacey, recently made the switch from pro rider to pro skier. She is sponsored by The North Face, Atomic, Scott USA, and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

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