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“Hafjell will be like one great playground for the world elite”

This Wednesday, one of the largest winter sports events in the world kicks off in Hafjell. X Games Norway is shaping up to be a unique experience.

Published 7 March 2017

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“For us, having grown up with these sports, seeing the world’s biggest ski- and snowboarding competition coming to Norway is something quite special.”

The winter sport bonanza of X Games is kicking off in Hafjell this Wednesday, and Filip Christensen, one of the directors of the spectacular “Supervention” films (the latest one features the world’s first ski loop), is overjoyed to see the event happening on his home turf.

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“It’s almost too good to be true and just goes to show how far these sports have come, especially in Norway. If you go back a few years, there was hardly any mention of them in the media.”

At the moment, Christensen is in a car and on his way to Hafjell. He and his colleagues in the film company Field Productions have attracted a lot of attention for their images of winter sports and Norwegian nature, and will be responsible for live drone footage during this year’s televised event.

“I think this is shaping up to be an insane experience, both for the spectators on the ground and for the people watching at home.”

This is the second time the X Games are hosted in Norway. After last year’s success in downtown Oslo, this year’s competition has moved a bit further north, to one of Norway’s prime alpine destinations.

Christensen is confident we will see a lot of great Norwegian winter nature and big performances this weekend, both from local and international athletes.

“Hafjell is a great arena, it will be like one great playground for the world elite. Playfulness and creativity are the number one factors in becoming the best, and everyone here is out to have fun. And that is what gets rewarded during the judging of competitions, the fact that even as you are pulling off the most demanding tricks, you’re seen having fun going down the slope.”

Coming off several Norwegian gold medals during the Aspen X Games recently, Christensen has high hopes for the Hafjell edition, where many of the athletes from his “Supervention” films are also competing.

He’s especially looking forward to seeing how well 17 year old snowboarder Marcus Kleveland performs.

“He brought home a gold medal from Aspen, and when I was working with him on “Supervention 2”, my jaw just dropped at how great he is. He is the biggest snowboarding talent Norway has ever seen, a stable rider exerting incredible control over his own body.”

Another snowboarder he’s following closely is Ståle Sandbech (“his style is unique, he’s tremendously creative in how he performs his tricks”), whilst Øystein Bråten is his pick for skiing gold.

“He’s an incredibly stable rider who knows every wild trick there is and who was also an Aspen gold medalist.”

As for the female athletes, Christensen is cheering for Johanne Killi.

“She’s riding both slopestyle and big air on skis, is young and very talented.”

Once X Games Norway is done, Christensen and Field Productions have a lot of new projects in the pipeline, though none on the scale of “Supervention” or “Supervention 2”. Still, Christensen says he feels privileged in his day job.

“Our favorite thing in the world is making a living from travelling to spectacular parts of Norway and showing of the Norwegian nature. We’re quite lucky that way.”

For more info and tickets, visit the X Games Norway website.

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