24-year old Bene Mayr (http://goo.gl/kgrqlX) is one of the hottest German Freeski Pros currently on the scene. The threefold winner of the ’Freeskier of the Year’ Action Sports Award (2008, 2010 and 2012) has now joined the likes of Henrik Harlaut (SWE), Fabio Studer (AUT), Kelly Sildaru (EST) and Luca Tribondeau (AUT) on the Blue Tomato Freeski Team.
When asked about his new sponsorship, Bene replied: “I’m stoked to be part of such a strong team. I’ve known about Blue Tomato for a very, very long time – even before my professional career began. That makes it even more special to be a part of it all now!“
Bene is a true all-round rider who feels right at home on steep powder faces, huge park kickers and urban obstacles. But if it was up to his doctor, he wouldn’t be skiing at all! After his second ACL rupture, his outlook on a successful career as a professional freeskier wasn’t looking so good. But a tough training regimen and his burning ambition made Bene to the world-class freeskier he is today. And his many talents reach beyond the slopes.
Whether on television with German show host Stefan Raab or presenting the new German Winter Olympics outfits, Bene knows how to positively promote freesking and also himself as an athlete. This is why he is also part of the new initiative ‘Focus on Sochi’, giving an insight on the current German Olympic hopefuls and their preparations for the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 in Russia. It is no surprise that Bene is fully dedicating his season to training for his first Olympics! He is most excited for the unique atmosphere and life in the Olympic Village. Bene’s personal goal is to qualify for the first-ever Freeski Slopestyle Finals at the Olympic Games!
Despite all the anticipation for the Olympics, the ‘European Rider of the Year’ (IF3 Award 2010) isn’t just actively presenting his sport to the public, but is also co-working on the Freeski film production ‘Legs of Steel’. Their newest ski move, ‘The LOST’, has just been released. Bene was careful not to tell us too much about the upcoming filming season, but he dropped the hint that it would be “a little bit different” from previous years. Our expectations are high!
To celebrate, Blue Tomato and Bene’s sponsors Nordica, Oakley, TSK, Marker, Level and Buff have put together a sick competition (www.blue-tomato.com/welcomebenemayr) for you. Just visit the Blue Tomato website and you’ll have a chance to win a new pair of skis, cool outerwear, goggles, helmets, gloves, neck warmers and much more!