Grand Prix Series Set For ’03 Season

By Press Release
June 28, 2002

PARK CITY, UT (June 28) – The Chevy Truck U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix schedule is set for the 2003 season with action taking place in some of America’s best pipes and broadcasted nationally on NBC with the season opener airing during primetime, USSA officials announced Friday.

“This is our seventh season with the Grand Prix and it’s become the premier domestic competition series for snowboarders,” said USSA Events Director Jeremy Forster, who has helped organize and run the series since it got underway during the 1997 season. “We’re committed to organizing strong competitions, helping riders compete at the elite level and watching this sport evolve each year.”

NBC will broadcast three of the events with the Park City Grand Prix airing in primetime on Dec. 21. ESPN will conclude the year with coverage from the U.S. Snowboard Finals. “Participating athletes will get great exposure and we’re looking for the Olympic medalists who did so well at Park City’s superpipe last February to be among the top riders competing in a relative ‘rematch’ at Park city Mountain Resort. It should be pretty intense,” Forster said.

The Grand Prix continues the tradition of a strong purse size with $300,000 in cash prizes for the season and $10,000 awarded to each winner, male and female. “Another cool aspect of the series is we’re again giving away a new Chevy Truck to the top alpine and halfpipe riders, men and women, of the overall Grand Prix series.”

Last season Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, Vt.) warmed up for her Olympic triumph, the first U.S. gold medal at the Salt Lake City Games, by winning three Grand Prix events in a row – at Mount Bachelor, OR, and then both ends of a doubleheader at Breckenridge, CO, in mid-January. Ross Powers (South Londonderry, Vt.) won the inaugural Grand Prix halfpipe at Sugarloaf, ME, in December 1996 and he’s won three other Grand Prix ‘pipe events in his career, including one last season at Mount Bachelor.

The 2003 Grand Prix on NBC —

– *Dec. 19-21 – Park City Mountain Resort, UT (halfpipe, parallel giant slalom and exhibition)
– Jan. 10-12 – Breckenridge, CO (halfpipe, exhibition)
– Feb. 7-9 – Mount Bachelor, OR (halfpipe, parallel giant slalom and exhibition)

The U.S. Snowboard Finals on ESPN
– April 3-6 – Aspen/Snowmass, CO (halfpipe, parallel giant slalom, slalom and snowboard cross)

*Primetime coverage.

Check local listings for specific air times for all events.