Multimedia action sports brand Teton Gravity Research (TGR) announces its finalists for The Co-Lab, which will award $100,000 – the largest cash prize in skiing history – to the skier with the best sub-five-minute video edit from the 2012/13 season. TGR also announces the addition of category awards including “Best Stomp,” “Most Progressive,” “Best Pillow Line,” “Most Creative,” and “People’s Choice.”
Chosen from submissions around the world, the Top 21 is comprised of the top 18 from over 25,000 public votes, and three Wild Cards selected by industry panelists Megan Michelson, Daron Rahlves, and Mike Rogge.
The Co-Lab Top 21 is:
Justin Mayers (*Wild Card)
Corey Felton (*Wild Card)
Travis Van Domelen (*Wild Card)
The Top 21 will rank each other (excluding themselves) to determine the overall $100,000 winner of The Co-Lab. The winner will be announced at the world premiere of TGR’s upcoming feature-length ski film, Way of Life, in Teton Village, Wyo. Sept. 21.
“There were so many great edits, it was definitely tough choosing three Wild Cards,” says Megan Michelson, ESPN.com Freeskiing editor. “But between the judges, we came to a consensus on three that stood out among the rest for their originality, high-quality skiing and unique perspectives.”
TGR also announces the following category awards with winners to be determined via public voting on TetonGravity.com:
Best Stomp voting Aug. 6 – 12
Most Progressive voting Aug. 13 – 19
Best Pillow Line voting Aug. 20 – 26
Most Creative voting Aug. 27 – Sept. 2
People’s Choice voting Sept. 3 – 20
“We designed The Co-Lab to expose an entirely new and different set of talent to the world, as well as push established names both physically and creatively,” says Todd Jones, TGR co-founder. “After viewing all the submissions and all the interactions around them during the public voting period, we came up with these category awards in addition to the overall $100,000 prize to recognize more of the quality submissions received.”
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