August 3rd, 2010
13 Year Old Willie Borm of Minnesota has been Chosen as the Winner of Teton Gravity Research’s First Annual Grom Contest.
TGR and the First Annual Grom Contest judges were blown away by the edits received from 7 – 17 year old rippers across North America. Choosing the winner from 35 incredible videos had the judges, TGR skiers Sammy Carlson, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Dash Longe, and TGR co-founder Todd Jones debating for days. The submissions from the ski and snowboard industry’s rising stars covered all aspects of the sport including freeride, big mountain, and freestyle. Almost every edit had the potential to win and provided a thrilling glimpse into the future of skiing.
“We were really blown away by the level of riding that is going down right now. The young up-and-comers are clearly going to be taking the sport of skiing to new levels that are not even imaginable today,” commented TGR co-founder Todd Jones.
In the end, the judges selected 13 year old Minnesota native Willie Borm as the winner of the contest. A shortened version of Willie’s edit will play before this year’s film, Light the Wick, at over 125 film tour locations and on the DVD. You can view the entire edit and all other entries here: TGR Grom Contest
As the winner, Willie will be invited to film with TGR for their untitled 2011/2012 annual film – location to be determined.
Get to know Willie Borm:
Years Riding: 11
Hometown: Chaska, Minnesota
BIO: Winning the Midwest Salomon Jib Academy at age 10 was the spark that ignited the inferno that we see in Willie Borm today. With a signature style of making Poke 9’s, 10’s and Rodeo 7’s appear effortless, Willie explodes off of 100ft jumps and floats his way to the podium. His emerging talents have established this soft-spoken guy as one of the sports’ most promising young guns. At 4’ 11” small, Willie takes on 14 Midwest competitions and one National Championship every year. Known for taking the podium in all disciplines: pipe, slope style and air, one of Willie’s more impressive accomplishments include the 2008 Junior Olympics at Steamboat, Co. where he murdered a mute 9 and landed 7th overall out of 116 competitors age 8 to 17.
TGR caught up with Willie recently:
When did you start skiing? Age 2
What is your favorite part of skiing? Hitting big booters
Who are your favorite skiers? Sammy Carlson, TJ Schiller, Dane Tudor, Tanner Hall, Simon Dumont, Nick Martini, Jossi Wells and Tommy Ellingson
What is your favorite place to ride? I like Mt. Hood, Breckenridge and Hyland Hills in Minnesota
What is your ultimate day? Having an Air Soft fight with my friends
What’s in your Ipod? Biggie Smalls, Eminem, Two Pac
How do you balance skiing and school? It’s super hard but I have great Teachers and a great Principal who like what I do on skis and help me get caught up. This season I will do both online school and classroom school.
What are your future goals in skiing and life? Right now skiing feels like it is my life, because I like it so much. I want to do my best and have fun no matter what I do.
What are your plans for this coming winter? I plan to ride in more competitions like Gatorade, possibly Dew Tour and film film film. I also want to learn more tricks.
Tell us a funny story about yourself? I was throwing doubles in front of some girls on a tramp in Whistler last summer..and let’s just say that I made a little noise in between flips. I was so embarrassed.
Due to the unbelievable talent demonstrated in contest submissions, TGR will be announcing a new TGR Youth Team in the next few weeks, picked from the top contest entries. TGR’s Youth Team will be a collective of skiing and snowboarding’s rising stars from across the country. Future plans for the team will also be announced.