Tom Wallisch

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Tom Wallisch
Personal information
Born July 22, 1987 (1987-07-22) (age 27)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[1]
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)

Tom Wallisch (born July 22, 1987 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a professional freeskier. He began skiing in 1990 and competing in the sport in 2009.[2] After graduating from high school, Wallisch moved to Salt Lake City for post-secondary education at the University of Utah where he is pursuing a degree in the school of business.[3]

Tom Wallisch was discovered by entering a short edit in the 2007 Level 1 Superunknown video contest. The video was produced by 4BI9 Media. He pioneered the trend of becoming famous in free skiing by posting videos of his skills online. Typically, fame is achieved in the sport by winning competitions. Once Tom was noticed, however, he began to win competitions left and right. [4]

At Winter X Games XVI, Wallisch won gold in the Slopestyle event.[5]

A raw talent on skis, Wallisch is well regarded for his smooth yet complex spins and composed style.

He is only the third skier in history to win Powder's coveted Reader Poll and the second to take it back to back (2011, 2012). He joins only Shane McConkey and Seth Morrison in taking the honor. He is also a winner of Freeskier Magazine's Skier of the Year in 2010 and 2012, receiving 30,000 fan votes on Freeskier.com.

The 2012 season is considered to be Wallisch's break-out competition season. He got first place at the X Games, first place at the Killington Dew Tour, second at Euro X Games in France, and second at the Dew Tour stop at Snow Basin. Wallisch also won the title for the overall Dew Cup and was named the 2012 Men's Slopestyle World Champion.[6]

After years of filming with Level 1 Productions, Wallisch will be doing a solo film project with cinematographer Kyle Decker for the 2012/2013 season.[7]

In the 2013-2014 season, Wallisch tore his ACL and was unable to qualify for the Sochi Olympics. An edit titled "Skier's Discretion" (released by 4bi9 and presented by The North Face) explained the injury and Wallisch's attempts to qualify for the games. After the Olympics, Tom returned to his roots. He is currently more focused on filming than winning competitions. Before the X Games this year, he practiced by filming urban segments. He still qualified in first place, but failed to podium during the final round. [8]

Notable competition results[edit]

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  • 2nd, Winter X Games, Tignes, 2012 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, Winter X Games, Aspen 2012 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, Dew Tour stop #1, Killington, 2012 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, Dew Tour stop #1, Breckenridge, 2011 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, Winter X Games, Tignes, 2010 (slopestyle)
  • 3rd, Dumont Cup, 2010 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, Dew Tour stop #2, 2010 (slopestyle)
  • 2nd, AFP Year End, 2010 (slopestyle)
  • 2nd, Dew Tour stop #1, Breckenridge, 2009 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, Winter Games NZ, 2009 (slopestyle)
  • 2nd, New Zealand Open, 2009 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, Dumont Cup, 2009 (slopestyle)
  • 2nd, European Open, 2009 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, Dew Tour stop #3, Northstar, 2009 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, AFP Year End, 2009 (slopestyle)
  • 1st, Ryan Lichtenberg Memorial 2006 (Rail Jam)
  • Rated as ESPN´S Athlete of the year 2012
  • 3x Powder Magazine's Reader Poll Athlete of the Year (2011, 2012, & 2013)

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