HELSINKI, Finland– October 11, 1999–The city ofWarsaw will be the scene for the opening of the Nokia Snowboard FISWorld Cup season this year. The Nokia Warsaw Takeoff is the biggestever city festival in Poland, under the patronage of the mayor ofWarsaw. More than 25,000 people are expected to gather in thesurroundings of the Warsaw Youth Palace on the 23rd of October for anevent covered by MTV and Eurosport.
Nokia will build a spectacular 20-meter snowboard ramp on thegrounds of the Youth Palace. The world’s top snowboarders have beeninvited to compete in Big Air Jump on the ramp. The competition willbe held according to FIS rules and judged by FIS-approved judges. Lastseason’s overall champions Mathieu Bozzetto and Manuela Riegler andsnowboard cross champion Ursula Fingerlos from the Nokia Riders Teamwill also be present in the event. Nokia Riders Zach Horwitz, AleksiLitovaara and Pasi Voho will give performances on the ramp. JagnaMarczulajtis from Poland, European Champion and World Cup winner, whorecently joined the Nokia Riders Team, will also join the event.
Alongside the ramp, a continuous performance of bands, includingReef and Countermine, and DJs will take place on the stage. The showwill start at 2 pm on 23 October and finish at 11 pm with a massivefireworks display and a light show.
“The city of Warsaw provides an excellent setting for thespectacular takeoff of the Nokia Snowboard season. In essence,snowboarding is an urban sport, and we wanted to bring it downtown andmix it with other elements of current pop culture, music and mobilephones. Snowboarding and Nokia share the same values of creativity,freedom and individuality. We enjoy doing things differently. We arehappy that the city of Warsaw is enthusiastically working with us onthis unique event,” said Anssi Vanjoki, Senior Vice President, NokiaMobile Phones, Europe and Africa.
In just over a decade, snowboarding has become one of the mostpopular winter sports in the world. The roots of snowboarding can betraced back to southern Californian surfers looking for thrills awayfrom the beaches. Today snowboarding is much more than just a sport.It is a lifestyle and has an ambience of its own. The snowboardingculture affects millions of participants and fans, from the clothesthey wear to the music they listen to.
The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup consists of Halfpipe, ParallelSlalom and Snowboard Cross, Giant Slalom and Parallel Giant Slalom.
Nokia is paving the way to the mobile information society withits innovative products and solutions. Nokia is the leading mobilephone supplier and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed and IP networksincluding related services. It also supplies multimedia terminals andcomputer displays. In 1998, net sales totaled EUR 13.3 billion (USD15.7 billion). Headquartered in Finland, Nokia is listed on the NewYork (NOK), Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Frankfurt and Paris stockexchanges and employs more than 51 000 people.
The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup 1999/2000 events:
19-22 November Tandadalen Sweden27-28 November Tignes France30 November Sestriere Italy3-5 December Zell am See / Kaprun Austria10-12 December Whistler/Blackcomb Canada18-19 December Mt. Ste. Anne Canada8-9 January Avoriaz/Morzine France14-16 January Berchtesgaden Germany19-20 January Gstaad/Schonried Switzerland28 January Madonna di Campiglio Italy4-6 February Ischgl Austria18-20 February Makomanai Japan26-27 February Nagano/Shigakogen Japan3-5 March Park City USA10-12 March San Candido/Sexten Italy15-18 March Livigno Italy