Bob Reese of the USA performs at the Red Bull Art of Motion in Astypalea, Greece, on June 9, 2022.
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Freerunning

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Here’s everything you need to know about the freerunners who made the grade and competed at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022 in Astypalea, Greece.
By Ben Johnson and Michael 'Frosti' Snow
18 min readUpdated on
Freerunning's longest-running contest, Red Bull Art of Motion, took place on June 9–12 with an all-new venue and a new multi-day contest format that's going to reshape freerunning contests for the future.
The entire Greek island of Astypalea was taken over for the contest and 16 of the world's best athletes were competing for the most prestigious title in freerunning. The was made up of three competitions: the Explorative Challenge, Spot Challenge and Live Challenge.
Explorative Challenge: Athletes were given access to the whole Island and required to submit 3 videos showcasing their best moves. One of those videos was submitted for the People’s Choice award.
Spot Challenge: Athletes were paired with a creator and asked to submit one video that was judged on creativity, difficulty, execution, flow and overall, for the creative value of the video itself.
Live Challenge: a 'combo-style' competition, where all finalists will throw down short but powerful combos or massive single moves, with a maximum time limit of 10 seconds
Those 16 lucky freerunners include the top-three men from Red Bull Art of Motion 2021, as well as last year's female champion, eight invited athletes, one local Greek wildcard and two spots for the winners of the Red Bull Art of Motion Online Qualifier, presented by Redmi Note 11 Series.
In the end, Travis Verkaik came out on top of the whole event and Sydney Olson took home the Best Female title. Get a full recap here.
All the athletes put in stunning performances and we’ve got every clip of action for you – scroll down to witness them all below…
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01

Krystian Kowalewski – Poland

Let's start with the champion, 2021 Red Bull Art of Motion winner Krystian Kowalewski. The 23-year-old Polish star started training at 13 and is already a veteran competitor. He's very controlled and works well in tight spaces. Boasting a huge variety of tricks, he can shift easily between styles.
Kowalewski's also known for having really great technique, which is shown by his ability to train barefoot. He even came to training at last year's World Final in Mikrolimano in hotel slippers, because he wanted to force himself to rest.
He ended up finding a perfect spot for a move that had never been done, though, so had to ask around for a pair of shoes that fit him in order to try it. He landed the first ever Dash Splatback during the final the following day, which won him Best Trick as well as the overall title.
Kowalewski set off to defend his title but on the first day of Red Bull Art of Motion 2022, he took a rough landing on a Kong gainer, a move he has done a thousand times expertly before, but this time his knee buckled and he had to sit out the rest of the day.
Over night he recovered well enough to want to compete that day and ended up putting together a solid video for the Spot Challenge featuring a very techy vault to splat back and wallflip over a handrail.
Kowalewski is not only a champion, but first a and foremost a pro athlete so when he warmed up for the final day of competition, he knew he was not ready to perform at his best and would only be risking further injury so he sat out the Live Challenge to bide his time until next year.
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

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Krystian Kowalewski's Spot Challenge

Watch Krystian Kowalewski hit a flare to castback for his Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

02

Ed Scott – UK

Twice a Red Bull Art of Motion runner-up (in Matera in 2019 and again last year in 2021), as well as a North American Parkour Championships winner, Britain's Ed Scott is incredibly consistent and always performs well, making him a podium threat at any contest.
Consistently pushing the sport as one of its most athletic competitors, Scott is a favourite athlete of many in the community. With a classic UK style, big running jumps combined with his gymnastic background to make for explosive power and controlled precision flips. He also nailed the first-ever Cart to Cart in his groundbreaking Light Work video.
Scott kicked things off strong with a big win on the Exploration Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022, where his massive sideflip precision straight into palm flip layout blew the judges away. He rounded out the week with a near perfect Live Challenge run highlighted by his signature sideflip to tsukahara and giant to toe on front that earned him the top prize for the day and his third Red Bull Art of Motion runner up spot in a row.
At the end all the other athletes chose to award him with the Most Collaborative Athlete Award for the support he showed each of them on their journey through the week.
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

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Ed Scott's Spot Challenge

See Ed Scott hit a gnarly gainer precision for his Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Ed Scott

Twice a Red Bull Art of Motion runner-up, Britain's Ed Scott always performs well on the big stage.

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03

Evgeny 'Archie' Aroyan – IAT

If you like your freerunners fluid and technical, Barcelona-based Archie Aroyan is your man. Known for long lines with tons of fluid connections and a very clean tricking style, he doesn't need a lot of space or height to hit big moves like Triple Full Twists.
Aroyan has more moves in his run and covers more ground than any of the other athletes, so he always scores high in competition. That includes last year's Art of Motion, where he rounded out the podium.
Aroyan came through with his standard calm demeanour and tireless work ethic that placed him high in each of the three challenges in 2022.
At the end his performance in the Live Challenge stood out the most with his pistol grab double side and clean double fulls that got him fifth place overall for the event.
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

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Evgeny 'Archie' Aroyan's Spot Challenge

Watch Evgeny 'Archie' Aroyan hit a back triple full for his Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Evgeny 'Archie' Aroyan

Barcelona-based Archie Aroyan is known for long lines with fluid connections and a very clean tricking style.

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04

Noa Diorgina – Netherlands

Aged 17 and already a Red Bull Art of Motion champion, Noa Diorgina isn't just the future of freerunning, but also the right now. The teenager made history last summer when she became the youngest-ever winner of Red Bull Art of Motion in Mikrolimano and only the second female to make it all the way to the final – all on her debut in the event.
The Dutch athlete started out as a dancer, but began freerunning training aged just seven and exploded on the scene a few years ago at Air Wipp and the North American Parkour Championship, where she scored second place against older, more experienced competitors.
Diorgina was one of the youngest competitors in 2022 and once again proved that her age is not holding her back, stomping out double flyaway off the bar in both the Spot Challenge video as well as the Live Challenge.
Her Live run got her top marks with clean connections and a stomped double a-twist that ended up giving her the boost she needed to come in third place overall for the women.
Here's what she pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

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Noa Diorgina's Spot Challenge

See Noa Diorgina stick swing double fly away for the Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Noa Diorgina

A teenager and a Red Bull Art of Motion champion, Noa Diorgina is the present and future of freerunning.

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05

Dominic Di Tommaso – Australia

Known for his Freerunning Around the World escapades and viral hit social media posts, Dom Di Tommaso has redefined the street scene in freerunning, making some of the biggest jumps and taking his signature Frontflips into a whole new dimension.
The Australian shocked the world with his massive Frontflip down the iconic 'Lyon 25' staircase, helping to cement freerunning as a legitimate urban sport on the level of skateboarding and BMX, and has built a massive social following with his insane tricks.
Di Tommaso's approach to freerunning has never connected well with traditional competition, so this year's unique Art of Motion format and huge playground was his chance to really shine.
As expected, he chose a unique approach to the Red Bull Art of Motion 2022 that required a great deal of effort, but the least amount of time overall.
For both the Exploration and Live Challenges he hit single moves that left the judges speechless, but it was his front flip to splat on the slant wall that tweaked his ankle and ended up taking him out of the competition.
In a surprise to no one, Di Tommaso earned himself the Postman Award for the biggest send of the week in the Athlete’s Awards.
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

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Dominic Di Tommaso's Spot Challenge

Dominic Di Tommaso slams a massive front flip splat for his Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Dominic Di Tommaso

Known for viral social media posts, Dom Di Tommaso has redefined the street scene in freerunning.

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06

Travis Verkaik – UK

Coming from the strong British parkour scene, 22-year-old Travis Verkaik is one of the most exciting athletes in the sport right now and made big waves when he became the first person to land a Kong Double Gainer.
A training partner of fellow finalist Ed Scott, Verkaik turned heads when he won the onsite qualifier last year in Mikrolimano as a debutante. He's known for super-powerful flips, especially over gaps.
Verkaik fully delivered on each of the three challenges, coming in second in the Exploration Challenge with his rooftop double kong, third in the Live Challenge with a seamlessly connected run starring a deceptively huge kong precision and first in the Spot Challenge with an insane kong gainer over the central roofgap.
This earned him the title of 2022 Red Bull Art of Motion Champion and the respect of his peers as the Athlete’s Favorite in the Athlete’s Awards.
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

1 min

Travis Verkaik's Spot Challenge

Watch Travis Verkaik hit a flare to castback for his Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Travis Verkaik

From the British parkour scene, 22-year-old Travis Verkaik is one of the most exciting guys in the sport.

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07

Bob Reese – USA

It's safe to say that there's no other freerunner quite like American Bob Reese in this year's Red Bull Art of Motion finals.
He’s known for creative flips in very sketchy places and his ambidextrous skills (twisting in either direction), which makes him very capable of using the course in unique ways. Reese has also used props in his run – last year he grabbed a chair from the deck of one of the boats and used it to flip off. His unique sense of humour and creativity have helped him build a massive social media following, too.
Reese’s unique style of creativity played into the competition in ways most formats haven't rewarded in the past as he placed well overall in 2022, not only for things like his massive flip over the sketchy arched rooftop gap and his now infamous chair flip from last year that he upgraded to a cartahara off a wicker stool.
He also scored the Mad Scientist Athlete’s Award.
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

1 min

Bob Reese's Spot Challenge

See Bob Reese get creative with a huge side flip precision for his Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Bob Reese

Known for creative flips in sketchy places, American Bob Reese is a freerunner unlike any other.

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08

Ryuya Kuwasaki – Japan

Boasting one of the most innovative styles in the game right now, Ryuya Kuwasaki arrived in Astypalea representing the new wave of Japanese style masters. Many consider Kuwasaki the 'King of the Wall' because he's consistently developing new and seemingly impossible wall tricks.
After a series of wins in online competitions in the last couple of years, including the Asian Parkour Championship 2020, he recently moved to Denmark to study at the renowned Ollerup gymnastics school.
Kuwasaki was one of the most highly anticipated debuts at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022, but unfortunately he injured himself on the first day, injuring his heel.
He sadly had to step down for the event, but he did ask if he would be allowed to compete with crutches. Upon being informed he could not Ryuya smiled and replied: “Ok, I’ll be back next year.”
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Explorative Challenge

1 min

Ryuya Kuwasaki

Japan’s Ryuya Kuwasaki boasts one of the most innovative styles in the game right now.

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09

Lilou Ruel – France

Lilou Ruel began training at nine years old, scored her first viral video at 11 and is now one of the most subscribed female freerunners on TikTok. She's a rising star in the sport, representing the new generation of French athletes and a favourite athlete of many of her fellow freerunners.
Runner-up in the female contest at Red Bull Art of Motion and the winner of Red Bull Al Andalus in 2021, Ruel is also the first female to land a Double Cork in competition. She's struggled with some injuries, but has been working on her tricking combos and low impact flow to improve connections, and also recently enrolled in a stunt academy to expand her skillset ready for this year's contest.
Her Exploration Challenge video showed off her excellent flow and earned her top marks among the females and out-scoring some of the big names.
Her fashion-inspired Spot Challenge video and clean tricking lines earned her second place and her consistent double corks that she's become known for got her second place in the Live Challenge and second place overall for the female competition.
Her biggest celebration was at the Athlete’s Awards, where she was given the prize for Athlete’s Favourite by her peers.
Here's what she pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

1 min

Lilou Ruel's Spot Challenge

Watch Lilou Ruel clear a roof gap with a 360 dive roll for her Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Lilou Ruel

Lilou Ruel is a rising star in the sport, representing the new generation of French athletes.

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10

Elis Torhall – Sweden

Only 17, Elis Torhall qualified for his first Red Bull Art of Motion last year after killing it on the youth scene, which is massive in his native Sweden, and winning multiple U16 comps.
Torhall's favourite skillset is on bars, so some previous courses have been hard for him to shine on, however recent trips (to places including Los Angeles for Tempest's Kings of Concrete) have allowed him to level up and take moves outside, such as the first-ever Swing Cast Double Full and Swing Double Sideflip.
Torhall proved that he's no longer just a prodigy, but a bona-fide superstar with top spots in each of the three challenges earning him third place overall at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.
The judges were blown away with his bar combos including what's quickly becoming a signature flyaway full in back out, monster lache over the big central roof gap, swing cast full, and flyaway precision plyo to double cork.
His second place finish in the Live Challenge was a no brainer after he stomped wall double full and flyaway full during his last run, and his fellow athletes voted him a much deserved Hardest Hitter of the week.
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

1 min

Elis Torhall's Spot Challenge

Watch Elis Torhall smash a swing full in back out for his Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Elis Torhall

Elis Torhall qualified for his first Red Bull Art of Motion last year after killing it on the youth scene.

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11

Stefan Dollinger – Austria

Stefan Dollinger blew the judges and the audience away when he qualified onsite for Red Bull Art of Motion 2019 in Italy, before having to drop out in practice, but now he's back and ready to do it again. Known for having an extremely clean style with dynamic, acrobatic movements, Dollinger focused on building strength since his first short Art of Motion appearance and has released several new video projects, including the upcoming Rest Day, which is set to blow minds and inspire a whole new wave of athletes.
After missing out on Red Bull Art of Motion in the past twice due to injury, Dollinger finally earned himself a spot to show his skills in 2022. They were no doubt, on full display with his double gainer, palm drop over the roof gap, gainer precision and cast gainer, which he stuck in both the Spot and Live Challenges to the cheers of the crowd.
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

1 min

Stefan Dollinger's Spot Challenge

Watch Stefan Dollinger stomp a cast gainer over a bar for his Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Stefan Dollinger

Stefan Dollinger blew the judges away when he qualified onsite for Red Bull Art of Motion 2019, now he's back.

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12

Dimitris 'DK' Kyrsanidis – Greece

Can you call a two-time Red Bull Art of Motion winner a wildcard? Either way, that's what 2014 and 2015 champion Dimitris 'DK' Kyrsanidis is for this year's event after being forced to drop out of last year's finals due to a leg injury
The local legend grew up watching athletes from around the world come to Greece and compete on the iconic rooftops of Santorini, before qualifying himself as soon as he was old enough in 2013. He returned in 2014 to score the highest-ever points total in Art of Motion history and won again in 2015. He also claimed third in the 2019 edition.
Known for being able to hit a ton of moves with almost robotic consistency, DK is a threat in any competition format.
DK brought his now iconic energy to the new edition of Red Bull Art of Motion 2022, laying down solid double fulls and unique combos in the Exploration Challenge.
He proved his style in the Spot Challenge with moves like his cast inward Barani off the bar, and stomped a double side in the Live Challenge.
Overall he won the crowd and ended up winning him the People’s Choice Award by a landslide.
Here's what he pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

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Dimitris 'DK' Kyrsanidis's Spot Challenge

See Dimitris 'DK' Kyrsanidis land a clean double side flip for Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Dimitris 'DK' Kyrsanidis

The 2014 and 2015 Art of Motion champion Dimitris 'DK' Kyrsanidis is a wildcard entry for this year’s finals.

13

Sydney Olson – USA

Personally selected by Hazal Nehir to take her spot in Astypalea, American Sydney Olson needs no introduction to Art of Motion fans. A legend of the women's game, Olson finished second in Santorini as far back as 2016 and claimed the Red Bull Art of Motion title in 2019 with a brilliant performance in Matera, Italy.
Extremely strong technically and vastly experienced in contests, Olson might be the veteran of the women's field this year, but she still has what it takes.
Olson had some doubts about competing in Red Bull Art of Motion 2022 after a major surgery on her shoulder, but without a doubt she proved herself, scoring second place in the Exploration Challenge with precision.
She went hard in her Spot video with a gainer full and tsukahara earning her first in the challenge.
She laid down a seamlessly connected line in the live Challenge ending with a pistol back full that got her 1st for the day and crowned Best Female for this year’s Red Bull Art of Motion.
Here's what she pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

1 min

Sydney Olson's Spot Challenge

Watch Sydney Olson stomp out a tsukahara for her Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Sydney Olsen

American Sydney Olsen is a legend of the women's game. She claimed the Red Bull Art of Motion title in 2019.

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14

Shea Rudolph – USA

Shea Rudolph grew up watching Art of Motion with his twin brother Aiden and, in the last few years, the two have performed incredibly well in online competitions, posting clips of their high-level movements in frighteningly precise locations.
In 2021, Rudolph made it through the online qualifier to earn a spot at Art of Motion in Mikrolimano. Aiden showed up and made it to the finals of the onsite qualifier, but fell on a Kong Gainer Full, one of the hardest moves in the sport right now. Aiden ended up staying on to help his brother practice for his run, even giving him clothes and shoes when Shea fell in the water during practice.
This year the Rudolph twins came in first and second in the Online Qualifiers, which Aiden won by starting off his video with the same move he injured himself performing last year. Unfortunately, he injured himself right before the competition started and could not compete, paving the way for Shea to step in and throw down for both of them at this year’s event.
While Rudolph may not have known he was about to step in for his twin brother as the competition was only hours into Red Bull Art of Motion 2022, he certainly did him proud with top spots in every challenge.
His gainer precision step through into flare cast back earned him third in the Exploration and his gainer full precision and sideflip rail precision on the bar left him just shy of the overall podium in fourth place overall.
Here's what Rudolph pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

1 min

Shea Rudolph's Spot Challenge

Watch Shea Rudolph open it with a cast back precision for his Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Shea Rudolph

In the injury-enforced absence of brother Aiden, Shea Rudolph will throw down for both at this year's event.

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15

Miranda Tibbling – Sweden

After qualifying for Red Bull Art of Motion for the first time last year, Sweden's Miranda Tibbling got the nod from the judges to line up for her second finals again this year as the second Red Bull Art of Motion Online Qualifier, presented by Redmi Note 11 Series winner.
Tibbling has performed well in competitions around the globe, including a win at the 2021 FIG World Cup Women's Speed event. Her style is powerful and explosive, with a combination of tricking and parkour, but she's suffered several injuries to her foot and back.
Over the past year Tibbling has increased her strength training through weight lifting and dedicated a good deal of her training to connecting her lines through better flow. She's stronger and more well rounded than ever, and the new event format offers her a chance to shine in ways that previous events didn't.
Tibbling had a strong showing at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022, coming in top places in each round with her strong tricking combos.
Her touch down a-twist in the Spot Challenge put her podium contention, and she landed her first ever swing side off the bar just happened to be at the biggest competition of the year.
All this ended up putting her in a tie with Noa Diorgina in third for the women’s ranking.
Here's what she pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

1 min

Miranda Tibbling's Spot Challenge

Watch Miranda Tibbling throw a seated touch-down A-twist for her Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Miranda Tibbling

Swedish freerunner Miranda Tibbling during the exploration challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

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16

Ella Bucio – Mexico

From the ages of four to 13, Mexico's Ella Bucio trained in artistic gymnastics. Her skills took her to the world of stunts, appearing in numerous films and Netflix shows.
In 2016, Bucio was introduced to freerunning and took to it immediately. Now, she's one of Mexico's top freerunning athletes, representing her country at the international level after winning the inaugural national championships. In addition to her success in the sport, she's also received media attention for her performances on several popular reality TV shows. She also continues to expand her skill set through training in numerous disciplines, recently taking up the sport of archery.
Bucio qualified for the 2021 Mikrolimano Red Bull Art of Motion via the online competition, however, was unable to attend due to travel restrictions at the time.
At Red Bull Art of Motion 2022, Bucio Ella was one of the first to start throwing down as she stuck a death defying backflip on a ledge high on the rooftops of Astypalea, as well as a massive front flip over the roof gap during the Exploration Challenge.
Her Spot Challenge video brought both laughs and applause for the storytelling and strong lines featuring her back walkover down into cast back, and in the Live Challenge she shined with clean bar work and stomped cork on centre stage.
Here's what she pulled together for the 2022 competition:
Spot Challenge

1 min

Ella Bucio's Spot Challenge

See Ella Bucio put together a handstand to cast back for Spot Challenge at Red Bull Art of Motion 2022.

Explorative Challenge

1 min

Ella Bucio

Mexico's Ella Bucio previously trained in rhythmic gymnastics, making it all the way to the national squad.

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