Festivals & Events:
Snowboard World Cup
Telluride will be the home of international snowboarding competition in the U.S. as the 2010 Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Cup hits the Rocky Mountains. Telluride is the sole U.S. stop of the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup and will feature an SBX and PGS competition during what will be the second in a series of five Olympic qualification events for the two sports.
The Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Cup Schedule (for other related events, see the attachment below)
Thursday, December 17 - PGS qualifications and finals
Friday, December 18 - SBX qualifications
Saturday, December 19 - SBX finals
Sunday, December 20 - Team SBX
NBC, the Olympic network, will broadcast the Visa U.S. Snowboardcross Cup Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. and the cable station Versus will broadcast the event's SBX competition Jan. 3, 2010 at 5 p.m. and the PGS competition Jan. 10, 2010 at 4 p.m.
The heat will be on in the snowboardcross as heats of four athletes race through rollers, jumps and bank turns in an attempt to be the last man standing. The pressure will be on the U.S. Snowboarding's men's SBX roster as Olympic champion Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME), five-time X Games gold medalist Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA), World Championship bronze medalist Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI),World Cup winner Graham Watanabe (Sun Valley, ID), World Cup podium performer Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, MA) Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Ross Powers (Londonderry, VT), snowboarding legend Shaun Palmer (South Lake Tahoe, CA) and the rest of the domestic riders battle it out to solidify their spot in the up to four spots open on the men's Olympic team.
Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) will also be on hand looking to dominate the women's field. Parallel giant slalom athletes will also be in the hunt for their Olympic team nominations. Michelle Gorgone (Boston), who took to the podium of two World Cups last season, will be aiming to take the stand again in the U.S.
On the men's side Tyler Jewell (Steamboat Springs, CO) will be back in the race after an injury kept him from competition last season. Joining him will be Adam Smith (Bend, OR) who finished second in a World Cup last season.
Capping things off in Telluride will be a team SBX exhibition competition. Team SBX pairs two riders from the same country on a team. One races the course against three to five other competitors, and when that competitor crosses the finish line, the gate at the start triggers for the next teammate to begin racing.