Trace Cooke of Nelson took first place at the men's freeride world qualifier in Verbier

Skier Cooke wins second race

Nelson's Trace Cooke won his second Swatch Freeride World Qualifier race on February 1 in France.

It’s been a great month for Nelson skier Trace Cooke

Cooke won his second Swatch Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) race on February 1 in Chamonix, France.

In mid-January, Cooke won his first ever adult event taking home top spot in Verbier, Switzerland. After that race, he suffered a minor setback, injuring his knee after hitting a boulder during practice.

Fortunately the injury wasn’t serious and Cooke got back ob his skis and back to the top of the podium.

Commenting on his Facebook site, Cooke said “knee Injury overcome” and best month of my life!”

He is currently back in B.C.

Cooke  started competing in Junior Freeride competitions five years ago, when he was 14.

He excelled in the sport, and finished his last year in juniors finishing first overall in the ISFA North American Tour.

The 2014 Swatch FWQ started in July (2013) in Chile and will end in North America/Europe in April 2014.  The top three FWQ skiers from Europe and the top three from North America will advance to  the 2015 FWT.



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