Freestyle Championships Head West

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Boise, ID, Sept. 19, 2001-- The Chevy Truck U.S. Freestyle Championships will return to the West when Bogus Basin Ski Resorthosts the 2002 championships March 22-24, the U.S. Ski Team announced Tuesday.

After two seasons in the East - '00 at Sunday River, Maine, and last March at Waterville Valley, N.H. -- the championships, cominga month after the conclusion of the Olympics in Salt Lake City, will feature moguls, dual moguls and aerials. The last time thefreestyle title events were in the West was 1999 at Deer Valley in Utah, this winter's Olympic freestyle venue. The tentativeschedule for the championships at Bogus Basin:

March 22 -- Dual Moguls
March 23 -- Aerials
March 24 -- Moguls

ESPN will broadcast coverage of the championships April 7 at 1:30 p.m. EST and Outdoor Life Network will televise the NatureValley Freestyle Challenge, the dual moguls championship event, March 28 at 9:30 p.m. EST (and repeat three times).

Bogus Basin has established itself in recent years as one of the annual freestyle Nor Am sites and also held the Junior NationalFreestyle Championships, but has never held the U.S. championships, according to Konrad Rotermund, president of Inter-SportProductions, which is staging the event in conjunction with Bogus Basin.

"These Boise nationals are going to be a real celebration of the heart of community activities. Boise supports Bogus and Bogus hassupported the U.S. freestyle program, and so the Boise nationals will bring the best freestyle skiers in the nation to what we feelis one of the best local-based programs in the nation," Rotermund said.

Annette Royle, VP-Events for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, said, "The Boise nationals will be a terrific wrap-up for theOlympic season. And, of course, we're certain we'll be watching one or more Olympic medalists in action again. Boise and Bogushave been so solid in embracing freestyle and we agree with Konrad that these should be outstanding events and ESPN and OutdoorLife will have some great skiing to show everyone."

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