Peetu Piiroinen. PHOTO: Frode Sandbech

Age: 21

Hometown: Hyvinkää, Finland

Stance: Goofy

Board team: Burton

Recent results: 1st place at 2010 Burton European Open in both pipe and slopestyle, won the 2009 TTR World Tour Title (and current 2010 leader), a quarterpipe win at the 2009 O’Neill Evolution, plus second place at the 2009 Burton U.S. Open Superpipe.

Olympic outlook: Following in the footsteps of other precision pipe killers from Finland (Antti Autti, Risto Mattila, et cetera), Peetu is both highly technical and flawlessly smooth. He’s also a talented all-around rider who clinched the esteemed TTR title for 2009 by reigning over all forms of competition—from big air and slopestyle to quarterpipe and Superpipe. He dialed in his double cork and won the 2010 Burton European Open with it—he goes huge and exhibits great style, as well as amazing edging capability and flawless trick execution.

Potential downfall: Peetu’s passion for riding all types of terrain might prove a distraction. Can he focus on the singular goal of slaying Superpipe in the months leading up to Vancouver? Only time will tell.

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