WATCH THE WORLD’S BEST RIDERS BATTLE IT OUT ATTHE OFFICIAL VENUE FOR ALL 2002 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES’ SNOWBOARD EVENTSAT THE 2000 X-NIX PARK CITY MOUNTAIN RESORT “COUNTDOWN TO GOLD”

Park City, Utah – The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup tour returns to theofficial snowboarding venue for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games March 3 -5, 2000 for the X-Nix Park City Mountain Resort “Countdown to Gold.”Top riders from around the world, including the ’99 FIS halfpipe WorldChampion and Park City native Ricky Bower; and last year’s “Countdown toGold” women’s halfpipe winner and defending World Cup halfpipe champion,Tricia Byrnes (New Canaan, CT), will converge on PCMR to participate insnowboardcross, halfpipe and giant slalom competition. This eventrepresents the final Olympic test event at Park City Mountain Resort forthe 1999-2000 winter season. “The field of athletes assembled for this year’s event is top notch,”said Karen Korfanta, “Countdown to Gold” organizing committeechairperson. “Many of the athletes participating in the ‘Countdown toGold’ will be those to watch in 2002.” The “Countdown to Gold” kicks off on Friday, March 3 with men’s andwomen’s snowboardcross, followed by men’s and women’s halfpipe events onSaturday, March 4. The “Countdown to Gold” concludes on Sunday, March 5with giant slalom competition at PCMR’s Eagle Race Arena.A qualifying run for the snowboardcross will be held at 10:30 a.m.,followed by the finals at 1:30 p.m. The qualification and final runsfor both the halfpipe and giant slalom competitions will be held at 10a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively. Admission to the X-Nix Park City Mountain Resort “Countdown to Gold” isfree and open to the public. The weekend’s events are scheduled to airon ESPN2′s “The Deuce” on Sunday, March 26 at 4 p.m. EST. A live concert featuring L.A.’s “Frankie Machine” will be held onFriday, March 3 in PCMR’s Eagle Race Arena from 3 – 5 p.m. Admission isjust $5 per person after 2 p.m. Park City Mountain Resort, consistently rated among the top ski andsnowboard resorts in North America, is the official venue of the men’sand women’s alpine giant slalom and all snowboarding events of the 2002Olympic Winter Games.