U.S. Freeskiing Open registration fills in record time
VAIL – Last week’s registration for the 2005 Saab U.S. Freeskiing Open men’s superpipe and slopestyle competitions filled in less than 30 minutes, setting a record for the event – which will be held at Vail Jan. 18-23.Women’s superpipe and slopestyle divisions remain open, as well as the men’s and women’s Saab/Salomon Crossmax Series skiercross event More than 300 of freeskiing’s top and up-and-coming athletes will descend on Vail for the 2005 Saab U.S. Freeskiing Open, one of the largest and most respected contests in freeskiing. They will compete for a total purse of $75,000 in four divisions: pipe, slopestlye, the Saab/Salomon Crossmax Series and big air. The competition will pit well-known freeskiers, including three-time Winter X Games gold medalist Tanner Hall and Aspen’s Peter Olenick, against a wealth of other talented competitors.”As the premier proving ground for freeskiing athletes, the Open has played a vital role in the growth of the sport,” said Stefanie Luciano, vice president of marketing for Mountain Sports Media.”Saab highly appreciates the opportunity to present the Freeskiing Open this year,” said Jon Brancheau, Marketing Director at Saab Cars USA. “Saab is well known around the globe for its independent spirit, which is a natural fit with freeskiing. Thanks to our Scandinavian background, all Saab cars perform extremely well under winter conditions – especially our youngest add to the family, the Saab 9-2X with standard all-wheel drive.”To enter the 2005 Saab U.S. Freeskiing Open athletes should visit http://www.usfreeskiingopen.com (for women’s slopetyle, women’s superpipe and the SAAB/Salomon men’s and women’s Crossmax Series. For men’s slopestyle and superpipe competitions, athletes are encouraged to register on site for any forfeited spots.)This year’s U.S. Freeskiing Open will serve as a qualifying event for the USSA World Championships for the first time. The top finishers from men’s skiercross and men’s superpipe will be guaranteed spots in the competition. Also this year, the action will be accompanied by on-snow music at the popular Saturday evening Big Air Competition, when the Winter Fresh SnowCore Tour presents a mini-concert at the base of Gold Peak. If you miss the action live, the 2005 Saab U.S. Freeskiing Open will air nationally on NBC on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
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