26/02/2014 | by Sam Oetiker
With the unfortunate news that Torstein Horgmo took a nasty slam and broke his collar bone in the first Sochi 2014 slopestyle practice session yesterday morning, we were left wondering which Norwegian would be rising to the occasion to fill his highly adorned boots. That man, as it turns out, will be Torgeir Bergrem.
We spotted this shot on his Instagram on Torgeir’s account yesterday evening:
Now, Torgeir may not have the same sort of global profile as Mr. Horgmo, but he most certainly isn’t lacking in the ‘being-freakishly-good-at-spinning-and-flipping-on-a-snowboard’ department. You may remember that Torgeir was infact the very first person to land a backside triple cork 1620 in the spring of last year – the trick that effectively won this year’s X Games big air:
It’s pretty insane to think that the Norwegian’s are so stacked with snowboard talent that Torgeir here would have been missing out on the chance to represent Norway had Torstein not gone and got himself banged up abroad.
We’re still proper sad that Torstein won’t be bringing his infectious brand of styled-out snow stunting in the slopestyle finals on Saturday, but we think that Torgeir is a worthy replacement. We wish him the best of luck sending it on the course in his place.
With his addition to the team, Norway is still looking incredibly well equipped going into the inaugral Olympic slopestyle event, with Stale Sandbech, Gjermund Braaten and Emil Ulsletten all raring for a spot on the podium.