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Jackie Paaso wins FWT Verbier; Eva Walkner is 2016 Overall Champion

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Eva Walkner takes the overall women's Freeride World Tour title in Verbier; the men's contest has been postponed until today.


Taking advantage of a sliver of sunlight during yesterday’s blustery, overcast conditions in Verbier, American  veteran Jackie Paaso skied to victory on the formidable Bec des Rosses face ahead of Eva Walkner and Nadine Wallner of Austria during the final 2016 Freeride World Tour stop: the Xtreme Verbier.

Swatch Xtreme Verbier 2016 - www.freerideworldtour.com

Jackie Paaso on her way to her first Xtreme Verbier win. Photo: Jeremy Bernard/Freeride World Tour

Swatch Freeride World Tour  2016 - www.freerideworldtour.com

Xtreme Verbier women’s ski Podium: (1) Jaclyn Paaso (2) Eva Walkner (3) Nadine Wallner. Photo: Thomas Bekker/Freeride World Tour

In the overall FWT rankings, Walker’s second-place finish in Verbier was enough to cement her as the 2016 Overall FWT Champion in the women’s ski category, with Jackie Paaso taking second and Italian rookie Arianna Tricomi slipped into third, narrowly edging Wallner off the overall podium.

Swatch Xtreme Verbier 2016 - www.freerideworldtour.com

Eva Walkner skied to a second-place finish in Verbier while clinching the overall 2016 FWT title. Photo: Jeremy Bernard/Freeride World Tour

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The 2016 Freeride World Tour women’s overall podium: (1) Eva Walkner (2) Jaclyn Paaso (3) Arianna Tricomi. Photo: Thomas Bekker/Freeride World Tour

After the snowboard and ski women and the snowboard men had their turn on the Bec des Rosses, a long delay set in as the ski men waited for visibility to improve. After a delay of several hours, the decision was made to postpone the men’s final until today, when better conditions are anticipated. The men’s final is currently scheduled to start at 9:15AM CET – check out the livestream over at freerideworldtour.com.

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Eva Walkner, freeride world tour, Jackie Paaso