O’Neill is delighted to announce the signing of French freestyle skier Julien Lange. The 22-year-old French rider is considered one of Europe’s most gifted freeskiers, and joins fellow skiers David Wise, Oystein Braten and Paddy Graham among the Team O’Neill ranks.
Growing up in the ski resort of Tignes in the French Alps, the call of the snow-capped mountains has always been present for Julien, who spent a large chunk of his formative years bashing gates before eventually making the switch to freestyle skiing. An equally prodigious talent on the football pitch, Julien must be one of the few players to turn down the offer of a training contract with the mighty Olympique de Marseille.
Inspired to pursue his chosen career by legendary freeskier and compatriot Candide Thovex, Julien has progressed through the freestyle ranks from relative late-starter to multiple Winter X-Games Europe contender in just a few short years. His enormous bag of tricks coupled with his effortless style in the air also makes him the author of several standout video parts.
“Julien is an amazing talent, not just in terms of freeskiing, but across multiple sports and disciplines,” says Bernhard Ritzer, Director Global Sports Marketing at O’Neill. “Whether it’s football, ski racing, hitting kickers or coaching kids, Julien does it all to the highest level. We’re very happy he settled on freeskiing as his sport of choice, and we’re looking forward to seeing him progress even further as he continues his ascent to the top of the sport. Welcome to the team, Julien!”
Remarking on his new-found status as an O’Neill team rider, Julien commented: “I’m super-excited to join the team. It feels insane to have the support of such a well established brand, and I’m stoked at the prospect of skiing alongside the likes of David, Oystein and Paddy. It’s a great start to the year – bring it on!”