WHISTLER, BC, December 14, 2002 —

Switzerland’s Manuela Lara Pesko took first place at the Nissan Halfpipe competition during the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup held in Whistler this weekend, all part of Snow Scene presented by Bell Mobility. “The snowy conditions made the Halfpipe unpredictable and so I had to assess each jump as I approached it, says Pesko. “It added another element of difficulty, which I managed to overcome.

“Things were going well for me in the pipe today, says Lori Glazier, 30, who finished in second place. “It is good to compete in my hometown and the crowd was super supportive. I’m very happy with my result. This is Glazier’s best ever World Cup placement.

In the men’s competition, 17-year-old Domu Narita from Japan finished first, Germany’s Xaver Hoffman was second, and Vinzenz Lueps also from Germany came third. “Since I started participating in competitions I have been to every contest in Whistler, says Narita. “Winning here is the perfect dream. Xaver Hoffmann from Germany, ranking second, praised the pipe shapers and commented that “the weather cannot always be perfect… that’s the way winter-sport is.

“These were definitely ‘stay on your feet’ conditions in the pipe today… if you managed to stick the landings you had a good chance of doing well, says London, Ontario’s Josh Duncan who finished sixth. “This is my first World Cup event ever, and I am really happy with my results. It was great to compete in Whistler and I got tons of support from the Canadian crew here.

The Bell Mobility Snow Scene party continues well into the night tonight with the Extreme Sports Series concerts throughout Whistler featuring Bif Naked, Rascalz, Choclair and the Headstones.

The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup is managed and hosted by Vancouver’s MASEV Communications, the Canadian Snowboard Federation and Whistler Blackcomb. Snow Scene is presented by Bell Mobility, O’Neill, Coors Light, Nissan, Government of Canada, Xerox, Thrifty, MTV Canada, CBC Sports, The Province, CFOX, The Beat, Mountain FM, The Pique and KVOS TV. World Cup events will be taped for a 2-hour broadcast on CBC Sports on Saturday December 28, 2002.

$1 from every Extreme Sports Series concert ticket sold in Whistler from December 12 to 15 will be donated to The Province Empty Stocking Fund.

For Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup points standings and information, please visit the official FIS website at www.fis-ski.com. Event information is available at www.snowscene.ca.