Oslo, Norway – 7th September, 2010: A final “yes” was heard yesterday in the capital of Norway
finalizing the plan to host the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships (WSC) in Oslo in the
winter of 2012. The Norwegian Government approved the expansion of the Tryvann Vinterpark
resort arena, with no changes, which will guarantee the venue to host the event. The WSC will be
held every four years featuring men’s and women’s slopestyle and halfpipe competitions, and will
crown a world champion for each gender and discipline.
“The World Snowboarding Championships was developed with the athlete’s best interests in
mind and we are confident the event will become a cornerstone of competitive snowboarding,”
states Reto Lamm, president of the TTR. “Since riders will qualify through the Swatch TTR World
Rankings and the WSF National championships, the event will attract the best, most progressive
riders in the world.”
The decision to launch the event was made at the 2010 TTR General Assembly held last May,
where the TTR, together with the WSF accepted the application from Norway to host the World
Snowboarding Championships in Oslo. At that time, the finances were guaranteed by the
Municipality of Oslo, but the Norwegian Government had not approved the arena expansion
plans. The final approval came as a result of a persistent three years of campaigning and was
achieved by a unique partnership between athletes, federations, sports clubs, organizers, the
resort and the Municipality of Oslo.
“This event will offer great motivation to National Snowboard Associations sports development
programs at a local level as every nation will be involved in the qualifying system”, commented
Marco Sampaoli, WSF Vice-President.
At yesterday’s press conference the TTR founder and legendary snowboarder Terje Haakonsen
and the Minister of Environment congratulated each other on Skype in front of the many athletes
who showed their support including Mikkel Bang, Fredrik Austbø and Helene Olafsen. During the
press conference, it was also announced that the Oslo Municipality’s 20-million Euro investment
is still subject to public regulation before construction of the new arena can begin at Tryvann
Vinterpark, but the outlook is positive given the warm approval when news of the new venue was
Updated news and information about qualification criteria, event details and scheduling will be
available on www.ttrworldtour.com and www.worldsnowboardfederation.org.