Team Breck takes their first gold in Snow Sculpture Championships |

Team Breck takes their first gold in Snow Sculpture Championships

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

BRECKENRIDGE – Sixty-five sculpting hours, crisp temperatures and perfect man-made snow were exactly what local snow-sculpting artists, Team Breckenridge, needed to take home the gold in the 2006 Budweiser Select International Snow Sculpture Championships Saturday. This is the first time in the event’s history Team Breckenridge has taken the Gold Medal. Breckenridge team captain, Rob Neyland helped start the event 16 years ago.

“We have been carving snow in this town for a long, long time,” Neyland commented, “We are proud to be a part of it.”

Team Breckenridge won the gold with “Discovery” – a very technical sculpture of a puppy discovering its reflection in a large mirror. Team Switzerland captured silver with “Somersault,” a complex and graceful round shape balancing on a pedestal. Team Germany’s “Coming Home” won the bronze with one of the more thought-provoking sculptures of two lovers enveloped by the world. Team Canada’s “Touchdown in Two” received an honorable mention.

Thousands of spectators watched this week as 13 teams from nine countries participated in the event, now in its 16th year. Artists have been working since Tuesday to create these sensational sculptures. The finished pieces are achieved without the use of power tools, internal support structures or colorants – just the ingenuity of man and a medium that lends itself, if only temporarily, to the persuasion of chisels, saws, chicken wire and even carrot scrapers. With more snow and cool temperatures in the forecast, the sculptures should remain in display at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge until Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 5 – weather permitting.

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