Norden, CA: With over a hundred competitors signed up for the 2005 Jabra X Jam everyone knew the competition would be heated. The X Course at Sugar Bowl is one of longest and most demanding in the world and with all the recent snow, the course building options were endless. With times averaging well over a minute the winners would have to be in top physical condition as well as being technically solid from top to bottom. Both skiers and boarders headed to Sugar Bowl to see if they had what it takes to earn an invitation to the “Big Show”, the 2005 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado on January 27-February 1st. When all was said and done there were nine invitations extended to the top performers and the careers of those invited began. Immediately following the awards the invited participants were swept away for interviews from the Press and the X Games research department. Global Event Management, Inc (GEM) the sport organizers of both the Jabra X Jam and the Winter X Games couldn’t have been happier with the events results. The weekend was just perfect said James Woodruff of GEM. “We havefound the perfect partnership with Jabra and Sugar Bowl and we hope we can keep the relationships going for years to come. This is the sixth year we have done this event and each year it seems to get better. We got an incredible amount of snow last week and then the sun came out and you can really ask for more than that.”
The three-day event took place on the busiest weekend of the year and Sugar Bowl rolled out the red carpet for all of those involved. Friday was the qualifying rounds for both Skier X and Boarder X. On Saturday the skiers were paired into groups of four as they battled down the Skier X Course to see who would be granted X Games invitations. For the men’s division it was Cody Smith of Seattle, Washington taking home the first place honors followed by Brian Long in second, in third was Rune Nielsen of Norway and the final invitation was extended to local Tahoe resident Cliff Bennett. Inthe women’s heats it was Gro Kvinlog of Norway winning followed by Brett Buckles. On Sunday we saw the Boarder X warriors battle it out all day long with lots of pushing and shoving all the way down the demanding Boarder X Course. A top the podium and earning their way to the 2005 Winter X Games was Alex Deibold and Pat Holland in the Men’s division and Jordan Karlinski on the Women’s side. The Jabra X Jam will air on Outdoor Life Network and is owned and operated by Global Event Management, Inc of Tahoe City,California. Sponsors of the event are; Jabra, Paul Mitchell, PowderMagazine, Budweiser, Clif Bar, Red Bull, Zeal Optics, Ogio Bags,Winterstick, Swany Gloves, Euro Socks, Bula, Sugar Bowl Resort.