Winter Park to Host Sprint US Freestyle Grand National


Winter park, CO, Dec. 6, 2000--The Sprint U.S. Freestyle Grand National will be hosted at Winter Park Resort Dec. 8- 10, 2000. This invitational event will feature many of the top freestyle skiers from the United States andaround the world in three events - moguls, dual moguls, and inverted aerials. A large international field isexpected and the competition will be fierce and exciting as entrants vie for $62,000 in prize money.

Kicking off the weekend is the mogul event on the afternoon of Friday Dec. 8. The course will be built onNorwegian trail, a challenging mogul field that faces the base of the mountain and is ideal for spectator viewing.Beginning at 10:00 a.m., competitors ski down the mogul course (which includes two jumps) and are judged onspeed, turns, and style/performance off of the jumps. The field will then be cut down to 12 men and 12 womenwith finals at 1:00 p.m. Award ceremonies will be held later that afternoon, followed by opening ceremonies inthe Zephyr Mountain Lodge plaza.

Saturday's aerial event will be held on Ambush trail, which also provides easy viewing for spectators at the baseof the slopes. The qualification round begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by an athlete showcase at 12:40 p.m., and theaerial finals begin at 1:00 p.m. Aerials are one of the most popular freestyle events where competitors launchthemselves about 50 feet in to the air off a specially designed ramp and execute a series flips and twists.

The dual mogul event on Sunday, the final competition of the weekend, requires competitors to ski down thebumps on side-by-side courses, in a head-to-head single elimination format. Scoring is based upon speed, turns,and maneuvers performed off of two jumps. The action will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the final rounds at 1:00 p.m.

Winter Park was selected as the host site by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) based on the resort'shistory of having excellent early season snow conditions and a full time race and events staff experienced inputting on a variety of competitive ski events including the U.S. National Alpine Championships in 1992, '93, and'94 and the U.S. National Freestyle Championships in 1992.

Many of the top athletes in freestyle skiing from the U.S. and around the world will be competing in Winter Park.Some of the athletes in attendance will be Americans Eric Bergoust ('98 Olympic gold medalist in aerials), JonnyMoseley ('98 Olympic gold medalist in moguls), Michelle Roark ('99 World Cup dual moguls champ) and DonnaWeinbrecht ('92 Olympic gold medalist in moguls). The Canadians will be strongly represented by Nicolas Fontaine(four-time World Cup aerials champ) and Veronica Brenner ('00 Goodwill Games gold medallist in aerials).