TELLURIDE, CO (Sept. 27) – The Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Cup at Telluride is on the calendar for the 2010-11 season Dec. 16-18, marking its second appearance on the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup schedule. Telluride made a ‘world-class’ first impression last season creating one of the best snowboardcross venues. Recently international officials paid a visit to Telluride for a final inspection giving the go-ahead for the event which will welcome back two-time Olympic champ Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME).
The Telluride stop will include three events, a parallel giant slalom, snowboardcross and team snowboardcross contests.
“Last year Telluride created an enormous impression among the FIS snowboarding community hosting its first ever FIS Snowboard World Cup and we are proud to return this season,” said USSA Vice President, Events Calum Clark. “Telluride’s passion combined with its incredible facilities results in an amazing venue and cornerstone for snowboardcross as we head into another season and onto Sochi.”
In only its second year hosting the snowboardcross World Cup, Telluride has set the bar for being the best course in the world as well as supporting U.S. Snowboarding with some of the best early season training in Colorado. U.S. athletes flock to the western state, trying to get the early season edge over other competitors and countries.
“Telluride has been proud to be a part of Seth's success at the 2010 Vancouver games,” said Telluride Vice President, Resort Operations Elizabeth Howe. “Our entire community felt like they had contributed to his gold medal. Spending time in Telluride makes it is obvious that he takes early season training and World Cup competition very seriously. We really look forward to having him and the entire team back in Telluride this December.”
Telluride Ski and Golf Resort is an old mining town set in the Rocky Mountains. Deemed as one of the best courses for a snowboardcross World Cup, Telluride is the ultimate skier and snowboarder paradise. The first ski U.S. ski town to have a community owned and run gondola system, running from the old village up to the mountain village, Telluride quickly adopted the European ski-town feel. The mountain itself is mixed with varying terrain from backcountry to the mountainside where the snowboardcross course, built by Olympic builder Jeff Ihaksi, is located. Telluride provides a world class race venue, from its commitment to early-season snowmaking to setting out a palette for Ihaksi to craft a world class course.
The American roster is stacked with U.S. Snowboarding’s Wescott looking to carry momentum from Vancouver into the 2010-11 season. Also looking to represent the U.S. on home turf are five-time X Games gold medalist Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) and Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) as well as 2009-10 third place finisher and 2002 Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Ross Powers (Londonderry, VT). Last year, the U.S. was led by Powers in third and Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City) in eighth.
“I’m really looking forward to Telluride in December, having the World Cup there the last two years has just been awesome,” said Wescott. “It’s a great hill and the whole town is just great, they are hugely supportive of the event. I’m fired up and looking forward to get back there in December.”
Snowboardcross qualifications will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15, followed by the men’s and women’s PGS World Cup on Thursday. Snowboardcross finals are set to start on Friday, Dec. 17, with USA standing strong in the gate.
The Paul Mitchell Progression Session Snowboardcross Team event will close the venue on Saturday, Dec. 18. The U.S. will be looking to land on the podium again, repeating the success of USA Team’s Holland and Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) in second and Jacobellis and Gulini who clinched the win.
For information regarding the Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Cup at Telluride, visit the USSA events website.
Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Cup Schedule
Dec. 16, Men’s and Women’s PGS World Cup
Dec. 17, Men’s and Women’s Snowboardcross Finals
Paul Mitchell Progression Session
Dec. 18, Men’s and Women’s Snowboardcross Team Event
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