Top Snowboarders to Compete in the First Stop of the Vans Triple Crown ofSnowboarding; NBC Sports to Telecast Event on December 23

Santa Fe Springs, CA (November 13, 2001) – The Mountain Dew Pro Nationalswill kick off the 2001-2002 Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding* series as theworld’s top riders will compete in Breckenridge, Colorado, December 6-9 atthe Breckenridge Ski Resort. In the first major competition of the year,the world’s best will compete in the Half Pipe, Slope Style and Big AirCompetitions all in hopes of winning a piece of a prize purse of more than$125,000. The event will be broadcast on NBC Sports December 23 at 3:00p.m. EST as part of NBC Sports’ ongoing coverage of the Vans Triple CrownSeries.

This year’s Mountain Dew Pro Nationals mark the fourth-consecutive yearBreckenridge Ski Resort has hosted the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding.Competitions will take place in the acclaimed Freeway Terrain Park at Peak8, which boasts the top-ranked half pipe and the second-ranked terrain parkin the nation as rated by the readers of Snowboard Life Magazine.

Last year’s Mountain Dew Pro Nationals saw Todd Richards steal first placein the Half Pipe competition from Shaun White and JJ Thomas, while JoshDirksen returns to defend his title in the Big Air. Daniel Franck, DoranLaybourn and Jordan Mendenhall are geared up on the men’s side to take ashot at standing on the podium, while Tara Dakides and Leslie Olsen arepoised to dethrone Tricia Byrnes, last year’s women’s Half Pipe Champion,for a share of the prize money.

A new addition to the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding is the Slope Stylecompetition, with riders making an untimed run with jumps, quarter pipe andhand rails tricks all being judged on the consistency of the run and thelevel of difficulty.

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“Breckenridge is the perfect place for the Mountain Dew Pro Nationals tobegin this year’s snowboard season,” stated Jay E. Wilson, Vice President ofGlobal Marketing for Vans. “Breckenridge is one of the premier locationsfor the sport, and with all the world class athletes scheduled to attend, weexpect one of the best competitions ever. In addition, our new broadcastpartnerships will make it possible for fans from around the country to tunein this winter on NBC Sports to catch the action.”

The Mountain Dew Pro Nationals of Snowboarding is tentatively scheduled toair:

Sunday, December 23, 2001 Mountain DewPro NationalsNBC Sports 3:00 p.m. EST/Noon PST –Breckenridge, CO

In order to win the Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding an athlete must earnpoints, which are tabulated from the top three Snowboarding events of theseason and at the final event the winner is crowned. Participants earnpoints from their highest scoring discipline at each of the three events.The next Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding event is the Vans Championshipsof Snowboarding at Snow Summit Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, Californiascheduled for January 24 – 26.

The Vans Triple Crown of Snowboarding is made possible through the proudsupport of Vans, Xbox, Mountain Dew, Ford Ranger, Right Guard Xtreme Sport,G-Shock, Transworld Snowboarding, Fox Sports Net and NBC Sports. The Vans TripleCrown(tm) Series features the world’s top athletes participating in premierevenues throughout North America for the top prize purse in each of sevenCore Sports(tm) disciplines: Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, BMX, FreestyleMotocross, Surfing, Snowboarding and Supercross.