Despite injury to Ilkka-Eemeli Laari opening a spot in Vancouver for Antti, he's decided to stay in Japan and ride pow.
After young rookie Ilkka-Eemeli Laari unfortunately knackered his knee meaning he wouldn't be able to take his spot on the Finnish team in Vancouver, Finnish coach Pekka Koskela picked up the phone to Antti to see if he wanted the vacant spot. Antti's only recently come back from a nasty injury last December and, though he's fully recovered and ripping once more, after much deliberation he did a Winehouse and said no, no, no.
“Even though I had a result in the pipe leading into the Olympics at Stoneham, I still felt under prepared for the Olympics" said Antti in between pillow lines Hokkaido. “After my injury in November I guess I kind of switched off to Olympics and started focusing more on filming possibilities. I made plans back then to film in Japan for my website. Although the third place at Stoneham meant I went into a first reserve position in the Finnish team, I just didn’t think I would be going to Olympics. My mind became more focused on filming and scoring powder in Japan."
Instead, Antti will just be living the dream and getting the goods in Japan for his website, www.anttisworld.com, while his spot's been taken by 2006 bronze medallist and pipe assassin Markku Koski. “I am stoked for Markku" Antti continued. “The Olympics is a huge deal and the preparation you need both physically and mentally is paramount. I was ready for it back in November and I might have been more prepared if I had outright qualified in Stoneham. Although I now feel 100% physically, my mind is just not focused enough. With Marku’s experience at that level (Markku is competing in his third Olympics), I am sure he will do well."
Antti's plans now will involve filming in Japan before finishing off the final Swatch TTR World Tour events of the season. “So far I have been scoring some of the best snow of my life and getting massive amounts of filming done. I am now here for an extended period, right up until the end of February, simply just to film and I couldn’t be happier. Snowboarding isn’t just all competition and I am a firm believer in snowboarding as not just a sport but also a lifestyle. Riding powder like this is for me is just as rewarding as being in the Olympics. Although a medal would have been nice!" Haven't you heard, Antti? They're made of aluminium this time.
Antti Autti has now launched his first teaser from Japan, filmed around Sapporo in the past week. He'll be dropping a free short film of his whole trip through anttisworld.com and other major snowboard media sites at the end of the month. Stay tuned for weekly updates as Antti and his friends score some of the deepest tracks Japan has to offer.