Jackson local Wyatt Gentry rocks the jean vest atop his third place podium spot at the Junior Freeride World Championships. German Tiemo Rolshoven grabbed second place, and Canadian skier Marcus Goguen took the top spot. Photo: Simon Lynes

JACKSON, Wyo. — Sixteen-year-old Jackson local, Wyatt Gentry finished third in the Freeride Junior World Championships (FJWC) this past Tuesday in Kappl, Austria.

At the top of the venue, coach Simon Lynes told Gentry “This is just like when we shred Cody lines, we just have to wait way longer to drop in.” Photo: Simon Lynes.

The FJWC is a one-day event for male and female skiers and snowboarders aged 15-18. Each year the International Freeskiers Association (IFSA) invites Region 2 (U.S., Canada and South America) riders based on past year’s results, age restrictions and a national representation quota. This year the event was held at Quellspitze, an 11,106-foot peak in the Austrian Alps. The competition was broadcasted live and can now be found on Youtube.

Gentry’s run started out playful and energetic as he stomped a couple of clean airs and even threw in one of his signature cossack spread eagles. He then fluidly transitioned over a ridge to ski some steep and technical terrain with ease.

“That’s some big mountain riding there, definitely a Jackson Hole kind of entry, a spiny narrow line,” said broadcast commentator Will Tucker.

Gentry dances down the steep technical terrain. Photo: Luke Gentry

“There is a reason that it was the announcer’s favorite line and no other riders were looking at that zone as skiable,” coach Simon Lynes said.

The event photographer didn’t manage to get great photos of Gentry’s line, because no one expected anyone to ski that zone: Photo: Luke Gentry

According to Coach Lynes, skiing in Jackson prepared Gentry for this terrain in a way almost no other mountain could. Gentry grew up in a cabin just over the pass in Victor Idaho, with his mother working in Teton Village and older brother Luke to chase him around. He was basically raised on the mountain. Five years ago, Gentry started competing in freeride and training with the Jackson Hole Evolution Team although he had been on skis since age two.

Gentry was joined in Kappl Austria by his coach Simon Lynes, his parents Scott and Lisa, his grandparents, his brother Luke and close friend, Salomon Freeski teammate, and Jackson local, Tucker Carr. Gentry will be competing next weekend in the Grand Targhee IFSA Junior Nationals.

Congrats, Wyatt!

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Toby Koekkoek is a Community News Reporter, and a recent resident of Teton Valley. He enjoys writing about our region's community events and the movers and shakers that make up the culture of this unique mountain town. He enjoys deep powder, and deep thoughts, skateboarding, playing racquet sports, riding his bike, and nerding out on music. Toby also coaches freeride skiing for the Jackson Hole Ski Club and runs skateboard camps in the summer.