Vancouver, BC (November 22, 2001) à'Ë† Whistler-Blackcomb Resort will once again host the world’s best snowboarders from December 6th to the 9th for the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup, presented by Grundig and D2 Vodaphone. The three events on Whistler’s Blackcomb Mountain comprise Halfpipe, Audi Snowboard-Cross and Bell Mobility Parallel Giant Slalom. New to the event this year is the addition of the Big Air, presented by West 49 and Xfm, which Grouse Mountain will host on the eve of Tuesday, December 11. Twenty athletes will compete in North America’s first ever World Cup Big Air for a $40,000 prize purse. Mix Master Mike of Beastie Boys fame will be joined by Vancouver’s own Rascalz on the Nokia Big Beat Stage, presented by Bell Mobility, keeping the athletes and spectators charged all evening. World Cup action starts in Whistler on Thursday, December 6 with the Audi Snowboard-Cross competition. The made-for-television excitement features four riders racing head-to-head down a motocross-style course laden with tabletop jumps, banked turns, and rollers. Canadians to watch for include Jasey Jay Anderson (QE), and Drew Neilson (BC), ranked second and third respectively in FIS World Cup standings after last weekend’s World Cup stop in Tignes, France. The Whistler/Grouse event is number five on the fifteen stop Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup circuit, and boasts a $160,000 prize purse à'Ë† the largest of any North American stop on the tour. Additional importance will be placed on this event as athletes begin the final countdown to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and national teams finalize their Olympic representatives. Top Canadian riders competing include Mike Michalchuk, Trevor Andrew and Natasza Zurek (Halfpipe), Allison Clark and Drew Neilson (Snowboard-Cross), Kevin Sansalone and Jesse Fox (Big Air), Mark Fawcett (PGS) and Canada’s most promising Gold Medallist, Jasey Jay Anderson who will compete in both PGS and Snowboard-Cross. Whistler/Grouse Event Schedule:
Thursday, December 6 Audi Snowboard-Cross
Friday, December 7 Halfpipe
Saturday, December 8 Halfpipe (Finals)
Sunday, December 9 Bell Mobility Parallel Giant Slalom
Tuesday, December 11 Big Air, presented by West 49 and Xfm
Concert (night event) The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup is managed and hosted by Vancouver’s MASEV Communications Inc., the Canadian Snowboard Federation, Whistler/Blackcomb and Grouse Mountain Resorts.
For points standings and information on the Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup Tour, please visit the Official FIS Website: www.fis-ski.com