Ogden, UT—February 12, 2014—National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic’s website dedicated to adventure, travel and outdoor lifestyle, has announced that Salomon and Suunto mountain runner Kilian Jornet Burgada, an Adventurer of the Year for 2014, has won the People’s Choice Award.
Each year for the past eight years, ten adventurers have been named Adventurer of the Year based on “extraordinary achievement in exploration, conservation, humanitarianism and adventure sports.” Over the winter, the website featured photos, interviews and videos of all ten nominees, helping the public get to know each adventurer. InNovember 2013, National Geographic asked its readers to promote their choice Adventurer of the Year and cast a vote to name one of the ten nominees as The People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. At the end of voting, with more votes tallied than ever before, Jornet turned up with the most votes.
“Being designated adventurer of the year by National Geographic is very important to me. It is an acknowledgement from the publication I have read since I was very young which shares the same values that I hold dear: nature, adventure,” states Kilian Jornet. “The most exciting aspect of this prize is that it is awarded by the general public. For this reason I would like to thank all those who voted for me and all those who have supported me since I became involved in this sport. Feeling that what I do can inspire others and drive them to go out and fulfil their dreams is truly motivating and important.”
For several years, Jornet has helped develop and promote Suunto and Salomon products, including the now-iconic Salomon S-Lab Sense running shoe. To learn more about the products Jornet uses, visit www.salomonrunning.com and www.suunto.com.
Learn more about Jornet and the other National Geographic Adventurers of the Year here:
Kilian Jornet, from Catalonia Spain, is considered one of the best endurance athletes in the world. He currently lives in the French Alps just below Mont Blanc. He is the 2013 Sky Series Champion and Ultra Series, Transvulcania Ultramarathon winner and holds the fastest known time ascending and descending the Matterhorn with a time of two hours, fifty-two minutes with his project Summits of My Life. He is also an author of the book Run or Die, in which he shares his intense love for the sport. To learn more about Kilian go here.
Salomon, the mountain sports company. Salomon was founded in 1947 in the heart of the French Alps. Since then, we’ve been creating innovative products to enhance the performance of athletes. Performance led design is our past. Performance led design is our future.
Suunto was founded in 1936 by Tuomas Vohlonen, a Finnish orienteer and inventor of the liquid-filled field compass. Since then Suunto has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and instruments used by adventure seekers all over the globe. From the top of the mountain to the bottom of the sea, Suunto physically and mentally equips outdoor adventurers to conquer new territory.
Suunto’s headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Arc’teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Precor, and Mavic.