Movement has been a steadfast supporter of freestyle athletes for years, a commitment that remains unchanged over time. Within our Tribe, we proudly count Thibault Magnin, Hugo Burvall, and numerous other athletes, showcasing our enduring dedication to this discipline.
While predominantly practiced by males, we take immense pride in welcoming the recent addition of the young and French talent, Honey Smith, to our Tribe. At just 16 years old, her achievements are already impressive and hold great promise for the future.
Also counting among our Tribe, it is a real pleasure for us to have Elsa Sjöstedt, another skilled female member. Hailing from Valais, she initially spent 15 years in Alpine skiing before transitioning to pursue her career in freestyle.
A remarkable start to the season
The year 2024 has just begun, yet Honey has already excelled in competition. Starting the season on a high note, she clinched an impressive first-place finish in the Freeski Slopestyle event at Glacier 3000 in November of last year. Her success continued at the European Cup on January 7th, securing an admirable 5th place. Yet, another triumph unfolded with her first-place finish in the Freeski Big Air event held in Val Thorens on January 4th.
“I'm so happy with the results so far this season that I hope to keep this momentum going until the end of the season.” – Honey Smith
Movement X Honey Smith
At Movement, our aspiration has been to curate a team that embodies our ethos and principles. Central to our mission is nurturing emerging talent, which is why we've fostered partnerships with organizations like Ski Romand and Style Valais. Our commitment extends to fostering the next generation's passion for Freestyle. We firmly believe that by championing local and youthful talents, we pave the way for significant achievements in the future.
“The first time I saw Honey skiing, I knew immediately that she had a place in our French Tribe. She's such a promising skier with an amazing style and acquired tricks for her age. I really think we'll see her on the professional tour in a few years with her work and determination.” Hugo Borne, Marketing Coordinator at Movement for the French sector.
Conversation with Honey
At what age and why did you start freestyle skiing? What is your skiing background?
I started skiing when I was 3 years old, but I didn't enjoy alpine skiing, so I joined a freestyle club in Alpe d'Huez in October 2018 when I was 11 years old. Since then, I've been in a sports class in middle school, and now I'm in the SHN (high-level skier) program at high school.
Who are the athletes you admire in this field?
My idols have always been the top female freestyle skiers like Tess Ledeux and Kirsty Muir.
Which Movement skis do you use and why did you choose them?
I ski on the FLY 85 skis in 155 because they fit me well, and I really enjoy using these skis. Movement has been a great support to me this season with their skis.
What are your upcoming competition goals?
I hope to achieve more podium finishes in European competitions and maybe one day compete in the World Cup.
You'll be participating in the 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Gangwon. How are you preparing for an event of this magnitude? Do you think you can win?
I'm going to the Youth Olympic Games this month, the biggest competition I've ever been in. I'm so happy to have been chosen to represent my country. I'll do my best, and while the result isn't the most important thing for me, it's about gaining experience. However, I'll strive to be close to the top.