Full name: Topi Kanninen
Hometown: Jyväskylä, Finland
What are your top results from competitions?
1. Finnish National Champion 2017 (Moguls).
2. Europa Cup 2014-2015 Overall 1st.
3. World Cup Thaiwoo (CHN) 2017, 21st (Moguls).
4. World Cup Deer Valley (USA) 2017, 22nd (Dual Moguls).
5. World Cup Tazawako (JPN) 2015, 25th (Moguls).
How did you start skiing?
I was 2 or 3 years old when I first started skiing. My dad was a ski instructor in a local ski resort and he taught me how to ski. I've been hooked ever since.
Where did you grow up skiing?
In my hometown, Jyväskylä, where we have our ski resort called ''Laajavuori'', and it's located near the city center. When I was young I spent most of my time there with my family. We also used to travel up north to bigger ski resorts like Levi on our holidays.
Where and when was your first competition?
In Riihivuori, I believe I was 12 years old.
What motivates you to keep skiing?
My childhood dreams of being the world’s best in what I do. When I was young I looked up to those who skied in the World Cup or Olympics. I thought that they were really tough guys and I wanted to be one of them. Also the feeling of pushing myself to the limit and beyond that. It just feels so amazing.
What makes you unique as a skier/athlete?
I can be pretty stubborn if I want to achieve something. So if there was a brick wall ahead of me, at first I'd try to go through it rather than around it.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you while skiing?
We were skiing Duals in Sweden. In my first or second heat I crashed after the first jump. I was so angry at myself and was just swearing and throwing poles all over the slope. Then I realized that the other guy crashed just before the second jump. I quickly picked up my poles and went on to win that heat :)
What other hobbies do you have?
Music, and video games.
What made you switch to Zipline and/or Shaman?
I got a test pair of skis from my coach and they fit me right from the start.
What products do you use?
Shaman 98100 - 178 cm Freestyle Mogul Skis
Podium 14.0 Kevlar Graphite Hybrid Composite Ski Pole
Zipline Podium Goggles
Zipline Podium Goggles - Replacement Lenses
Please give us some comments about all the products you use:
All the products I've used have been great. The poles are light and the grip fits my hand. The Goggles feel great and soft, and changing the lenses is super easy and fast to do. Shaman Skis are great not only in the moguls but on the flat slope too. Even skiing powder is super fun.