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CANYONS RESORT HOSTS THIRD ANNUAL SPRINT U.S. SNOWBOARDING & FREESKIING GRAND PRIX FEBRUARY 25- MARCH 2

Published on February 28, 2013 by Judy

Thanks Canyons for the great event!

PARK CITY, UTAH (For Immediate Release) – With five Americans currently ranked in the Top 15 in the world and vying for slots in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Canyons Resort will once again be the center of the Snowboardcross and Skicross world when the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix comes February 25 through March 2.

One of the most popular events at Canyons Resort the last two years, the Sprint Grand Prix brings together the world’s top athletes in Snowboardcross and Skicross.  In both events, athletes compete head-to-head on an inclined, turn- and jump-filled course that races to a finish line at Ski Beach. All skiers and riders will compete for more than $42,000 in prize money, while Americans will compete for the title of U.S. National Champion.

Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Seth Wescott is one of the top-ranked Americans scheduled to compete, along with Nick Baumgartner who has secured two World Cup podium finishes this season.  Alex Deibold, who along with top-ranked American Faye Gulini was recently featured in Salt Lake Magazine, and Jonathan Cheever are also scheduled to compete.

Returning to the U.S. Grand Prix this year is Skicross, where World Cup winner John Teller is the U.S. favorite.  The top American female is Langely McNeal.  Skicross made its Olympic debut in Vancouver (2010) where Switzerland’s Michael Schmid and Canada’s Ashleigh McIvor won the gold medals.

Preliminaries take place on February 27 and 28.  The Skicross Finals begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 1.  The Snowboardcross finals begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 2.

Last year’s results:
2012 Sprint Grand Prix Results

Snowboardcross Men

1)      Markus Schairer, AUT

2)      Alessandro Haemmerle, AUT

3)      Jarryd Hughses, AUS

Snowboardcross Women

1)       Dominique Maltais, CAN

2)       Faye Gulini, USA

3)       Maria Ramberger, AUT

Skicross Men

1)      Chris Del Bosco, CAN

2)      Brady Leman, CAN

3)      Armin Niederer, SUI

Skicross Women

1)      Marielle Thompson, CAN

2)      Langely McNeal, USA

3)      Katrin Mueller, SUI

Complete schedule follows.  For all media inquiries, please contact Caitlin Martz at cmartz@thecanyons.com or 435.615.4843.

2013 Sprint U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix at Canyons Resort

Event Schedule (subject to change):

Monday February 25:
9:30am-12:00pm: Snowboardcross Practice
12:30pm-3pm: Skicross Practice

Tuesday February 26:

9:00am-4:00pm: Press Room Open
9:30am-12:00pm: Snowboardcross Practice
12:30pm-3pm: Skicross Practice

Wednesday February 27:

9:00am-4:00pm: Press Room Open
9:30am-1:00pm: Skicross Qualifiers
2:00pm-3pm: Snowboardcross Practice

Thursday February 28:
9:00am-4:00pm: Press Room Open
9:30am-1:00pm: Snowboardcross Qualifiers
2:00pm-3pm: Skicross Practice

Friday, March 1:
10:00am-1:00pm: Skicross Finals (Awards Immediately Following)

Saturday, March 2:
10:00am-1:00pm: Snowboardcross Finals (Awards Immediately Following)
2:00pm – 3:00pm:  The North Face Junior Jam
3:30pm-5:00pm: Live Concert by Patwa Reggae Band in the Resort Village
All events and activities are free to the public!

Television Schedule for Sprint U.S. Snowboarding & Freeskiing Grand Prix:

Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix – Skicross: Sunday, March 3, 3:00pm EST, NBC Sports
Sprint U.S. Grand Prix: Saturday, March 9, 12:30pm EST, NBC
Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix – Snowboardcross: Sunday, March 10, 1:00pm EST, NBC Sports


About Canyons Resort
With thrilling adventures across thousands of acres and nine mountains of majestic terrain, Canyons Resort, a Talisker mountain destination, is Utah’s largest and most dynamic ski and snowboard resort.   Located in stunning Park City, Canyons is ranked as a Top 10 North American resort in SKI Magazine’s annual reader survey.  Canyons’ lively resort village bustles with nine hotels including the Waldorf Astoria Park City, and two dozen dining restaurants like the award-winning farm-to-table venue, Farm at Canyons.  The Orange Bubble Express (North America’s only enclosed and heated chair lift), Ski Beach (a lively après ski gathering area), Iron Mountain (featuring 300 acres of new terrain) and the fast-paced Zip Tour make Canyons a must-visit year-round resort.  With Salt Lake City International Airport just 35 minutes away, Canyons is conveniently accessible from anywhere in the world. Learn why Canyons has long been a favorite of locals, visit: www.CanyonsResort.com.

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