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Nearly 3,000 meters above the Mediterranean, around the corner from one of Lebanon's most popular ski resorts, a group of skiers and snowboarders waits atop a mountain for their number to be called.While freeride competitions have been held worldwide since the '90s, this is only the second time an event has been held in Lebanon, or the wider Middle East region.The 23-year-old, who is studying for an MBA in sports management at Antonine University, took part in one of the two qualifying events held Wednesday for the Freeride World Tour.Three-star events were also held, with subdivisions of male and female snowboarders and skiers.Natalie Good, a 29-year-old tax consultant from New Zealand, says that her most competitive years as a full-time slopestyle competitor are behind her. However, she was persuaded to join Lebanon's nascent freeride community after friends reported back from last year's event.Walid Medawar, another local rider, agreed that the event can bring many benefits to Lebanon and the local freeride community going forward.
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