Mathieu Crépel, FRA

Mathieu Crepel. PHOTO: Frode Sandbech

Age: 25

Hometown: Anglet, Basque

Stance: Regular

Board team: Rossignol

Recent results: A big air win at the Grenoble FIS World Cup and a Superpipe win at the Bardonecchia FIS World Cup. A third place at the FIS World Championships Superpipe in Gangwon, Korea, and a fifth at the Burton European Open slopestyle.

Olympic outlook: A favorite on the FIS World Cup circuit, Mathieu is a resilient rider who seems hungry for Olympic glory. In fact, he might even have a bone to pick with the event, having touched down in a lackluster seventeenth place at the Torino Winter Games. Judging by his current trick arsenal, Vancouver might be prime redemption time. Not only does he have back-to-back 1080s, but a banger frontside 1260 tailgrab (Mathieu was the first rider ever to land this trick in competition), as well as the elusive switch backside 900 and a double cork. Yep, it's got all the makings of a super difficult, highly impressive run--now he's just gotta put it all together for the big show.

Potential downfall: Mathieu competed against the field at the Mammoth Grand Prix, making both qualifiers but not putting down his winning run. He was also a no show at X Games …what gives?