Trending: Avalanche skiing, Cam Newton
February, 15, 2013
By Bill Speros | Special to ESPN.com
Sweden's Sverre Liliequist got caught in an avalanche skiing in British Columbia while making the documentary "Très Bonne Équipe" with fellow skiier Kaj Zackrisson.
"We misjudged the terrain," he told Playbook via email Wednesday.
A professional freeskiier since 1999, Liliequist found himself trying to ski through and ahead of another wall of hurtling snow that certainly looked like an avalanche during Big Mountain Competition Day of the Swatch Skiers Cup this week in Zermatt, Switzerland.
A clip of his second run on Sunday, complete with a complete 360-degree backflip while racing ahead the roaring snow, was posted on the Swatch Skiers Cup site and received more than 550,000 YouTube views in its first three days online. As Liliequist heads down the mountain, things begin to get a little hairy at the 50-second mark when the mini-avalanche begins its chase.
The backflip that begins seven seconds later is for both style and substance. "In a Big Mountain ski competition, you are always trying to ski on top of your game and to push it a little bit to win your match and score well for your team," he said. And while Liliequist flipped ahead of the snow cloud, termed a “windslab”, not an actual avalanche, by event organizers, he definitely did not flip out. Racing for Team Europe, he stayed calm enough to defeat Team Americas skiier Rory Bushfield of Canada in their heat.
It was all just another day at the office for Liliequist, who this week happens to be working in the Swiss Alps near the Matterhorn. "For me, the kick out of skiing is totally to be safe and enjoy the sensation of gliding down on snow in an outstanding beautiful environment," he said. The Swatch Skiers Cup ends on Friday.
• Cam Newton is back at Auburn during the offseason working on his degree, but he’s not your average student, especially when it comes to the checking account balance on his ATM receipt.
Fellow AU student and Phi Mu member Rachel Gilmore delivered Newton a $10 singing Valentine from the Wesley Foundation and asked the Panthers quarterback to be her date for the carnation formal.
According to The War Eagle Reader.com, Avery Ginn and Tomi Obebe helped deliver the message (after getting the OK from Newton’s bodyguards outside the classroom door and the class teacher), which was a short version of “My Girl” (changed to “My Guy”). “They were actually kind of on the fence about it, but it went really well,” said Obebe, who voiced lead vocals.
Sang to cam newton today... Just your average Thursday. #hbu?— Tomi Obebe (@T_Obaybay) February 15, 2013
WarBlogle.com posted a video of the singing message on YouTube.
The WarEagleReader.com added that Newton appeared to enjoy receiving the invitation but has yet to deliver Gilmore a response.
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