Sims World Champs Invitation Request Deadline Extended

WHISTLER, BC, February 28, 2000 ¿ The Athlete Selection Committee for the Sims Invitational World Snowboarding Championship (The Worlds), to be held in Whistler, BC April 20-23, 2000, has announced that the deadline for requests for invitation has been extended until Friday, March 3, 2000. Additionally, the prize purse for this event has been increased to $230,000 USD, making this the largest purse prize for any snowboarding event in North America.

In response to requests from several team managers for more time to submit invitations, the Athlete Selection Committee has decided to meet that demand by extending the deadline until Friday, March 3.

The Athlete Selection Committee will invite the primary field of riders based on 1999/2000 results from the world’s most important events. A limited number of “Wild Card” start positions are also available.

The athlete/team manager fax line is (604) 669-0311 or requests for competition can be submitted through the event web site at www.worldsnowboardingchampionship.com

EVENT FIELD SIZE & REVISED PRIZE MONEY DISTRIBUTION:

SLOPESTYLE
MEN 24 $36,000 US (1st $20,000 / 2nd $10,000 / 3rd $6,000)
WOMEN 10 $19,000 US (1st 10,000 / 2nd $6,000 / 3rd $3,000)

SUPER PIPE
MEN 24 $36,000 (1st $20,000 / 2nd $10,000 / 3rd $6,000)Plus a $10,000 plus prize “Big Hit” Bonus
WOMEN 10 $19,000 (1st 10,000 / 2nd $6,000 / 3rd $3,000)

BIG AIR
MEN 20 $36,000 (1st $20,000 / 2nd $10,000 / 3rd $6,000)
WOMEN 8 $19,000 (1st 10,000 / 2nd $6,000 / 3rd $3,000)

BOARDERCROSS
MEN 24 $36,000 (1st $20,000 / 2nd $10,000 / 3rd $6,000)
WOMEN 12 $19,000 (1st 10,000 / 2nd $6,000 / 3rd $3,000)

The launch party for The Worlds will take place at the Snowsports Industries America trade show in Vegas this Sunday, March 5, 2000 at Babies Nightclub in the Hard Rock Café. The party, dubbed “Extended Play” and presented by Sims and Whistler/Blackcomb, will re-create a typical Whistler mega-party and will feature deejays and dancers imported from the mountain resort town. The party will promote Whistler/Blackcomb’s “Extended Play” season in April/May, and will launch The World’s, taking place during April.

The World Snowboarding Championship will take centre stage at Whistler’s TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, April 14-23, 2000. Whistler’s legendary spring Festival is now firmly established as North America’s largest winter sports event. For ten unforgettable days and nights, Whistler will be infused by a youthful energy surrounding 28 events, 50 live bands and deejays, celebrity events, film premieres, demo days and an action-sports photography showdown. For further information visit the Festival web site at www.wssf.com or call the Festival hotline at (604) 905-3011.

Please note that the Kokanee Boardercross’ Grand Nationals, part of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is now scheduled to take place April 18-20, 2000.