Stamford, CT – December 15, 2004 ? OLN’s Winter Gravity Games has released qualifying criteria for all competitions to be contested in the 2005 Winter Gravity Games, which will be hosted by Colorado’s Copper Mountain from March 3rd – 6th. The Winter Gravity Games, airing on OLN from March 27th – 30th, will feature 11 medal events, including: Men’s and Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe, Boardercross, Snowboard Slopestyle, Ski Halfpipe, and Skiercross, as well as Men’s Ski Slopestyle.
OLN’s coverage of the Winter Gravity Games will include competitive action and athlete profiles, while highlighting the personalities, music and lifestyles of the people who are passionate about winter action sports. The qualifying criteria for the games includes a combination of high-profile competitions, smaller regional events and Winter Gravity Games wildcards, which ensures top athletes and a world-class competition, while providing up-and-coming athletes and blue-collar rippers the opportunity to compete at a marquee event.
The Winter Gravity Games will base the list of qualified athletes on results from skiing and snowboarding events including: the 2004 X Games, 2004 US Freeskiing Open, 2004 US Open of Snowboarding, 2004 World Skiing Invitational, 2005 Core Freeski Tour, 2004 Arctic Challenge, The Main Event, European Open and the Snowrider Superpipe Classic. The Games will award at least one wildcard in each of the 11 medal events. Those wildcards will be announced on February
The complete Winter Gravity Games qualifying criteria can be viewed and downloaded at www.olntv.com. Qualified athletes to date include: snowboarders Gretchen Bleiler, Tricia Byrnes, Kelly Clark, Steve Fisher, Danny Kass, Marc Frank Montoya and Ross Powers; skiers Sarah Burke, Aleisha Cline, Dave Crichton, Simon Dumont, Charles Gagnier, Tanner Hall, Dan Marion, Jon Olsson and JP Solberg.
Winter Gravity Games is a major extension of the franchise, following the 2004 Gravity Games, which were held in Cleveland, OH from Sept 15th – 19th. The event featured 121 athletes and more than 125,000 fans in attendance. OLN televised extensive coverage of the four-day event.
Copper Mountain Resort is among the largest resorts in Summit County with unique, naturally divided terrain, four alpine bowls, and world-renowned terrain parks. Copper is a brand new base village with shops, restaurants and lodging that combine elements of the resort’s cherished past with its progressive vision of the future. For more information on Copper Mountain Resort, call (866) 841-2519 or visit www.coppercolorado.com.
The 2005 Winter Gravity Games will include world-class competition, a festival village featuring Gravity Games sponsors and partners, and family-oriented interactive areas. Admission to the 2005 Winter Gravity Games will be free of charge. Please log on to OLNTV.com for more information.
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