The Arctic Challenge
Daniel Franck born in Gjerdrum is a professional snowboarder. He started riding in 1991, professionally since 1993. After winning the National and Nordic championships he aimed higher and started riding world cup competitions in 1993. Daniel won his first international championship Gold at the European championships in 1995, and earned 2nd. place at the World Cup Ranking the 1995-96 season.
He won the silver medal in the men´s halfpipe in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He also participated in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. There he finished 9th. place, after riding with a brain concussion from a crash in his last practice run. Daniel Franck was the first snowboarding athlete to win gold at the ESPN X-Games in Snow Summit - California - in 1997, where he also took the Silver medal in the slope style contest.
In the 1999-2000 season he won the World Championships, European Championships and the World Cup overall, all in one year. A record that still stands today. Daniel Franck, have earned 16. world cup wins, 11. Championship medals and more than 40. international podiums in his career. He is also known as "The Slippery Hotdog" because of his effortless style and ghost-like disappearance. Franck was in a computer game known as XGames Pro Boarder and Transworld Snowboarding.
Daniel Franck is still riding, but retired from the competition scene in 2008. He now runs his own clothing company which carries his name. They launched in 2009 with 34 pieces, and is working their way up in the fashion and sports marked. He is mentioned in the Mack Dawg Productions, Double Decade as one of the most progressive riders of all time.
Terje Håkonsen, together with Daniel Franck, started The Arctic Challenge as a snowboard event where the riders would be in focus. The Arctic Challenge was first arranged in 2000 and has been arranged annually in different places in Norway since then. The Ticket to Ride (World Snowboard Tour) evolved out of the system that was used to qualify for The Arctic Challenge. The winners of prestigious international snowboard competitions earned themselves a ticket to ride (TTR) at The Arctic Challenge. The Ticket to Ride World Snowboard Tour developed the TTR World Ranking System list crowning the World Tour Champions. After The Arctic Challenge gained its 6Star TTR rating Terje Håkonsen became the first professional rider to own an event with such a rating.
More info about Daniel Franck at Wikipedia.