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Rookie Kai Mahler top contender for Big Air

Talking with Kai Mahler about competing in his first Winter X Games Aspen

Updated: January 27, 2012, 6:53 PM ET
By Devon O'Neil

If you've never heard of 16-year-old Swiss freeski prodigy Kai Mahler, the best way to explain his potential is to list some of the skiers he beat at Big Air events in Europe last fall. Namely: X Games gold medalists Tom Wallisch, Alex Schlopy and Andreas Håtveit, 2010 AFP world champion Jossi Wells, PK Hunder, Gus Kenworthy and Jacob Wester.

Were it not for his Swiss teammate Elias Ambühl, Mahler would have won the Budapest Fridge and Freestyle.ch competitions. He settled ...

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