NEW YORK – February 3, 2009 – The Winter Dew Tour today announced the schedule of events for its final stop of the inaugural season, the Toyota Championship, held Feb. 19-22 at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Truckee, Calif. The world’s top snowboard and freeski athletes, including Shaun White, Torah Bright and Simon Dumont, will compete for the coveted Dew Cup and a share of the $1.5 million prize purse offered in Northstar at the end of the three-stop series.
Leading the series in the snowboard disciplines are top athletes Shaun White, (first in slopestyle and superpipe), Kelly Clark (superpipe) and Spencer O’Brien (slopestyle). White recently took home X Games gold in both disciplines and is looking to be the first Dew Tour athlete to be crowned Dew Cup champion on the Summer Dew Tour and Winter Dew Tour. Key contenders to compete in women’s snowboard slopestyle in Tahoe include recent X Games gold medalist Jenny Jones, and silver medalist O’Brien. In superpipe, X Games silver medalist Scotty Lago will join bronze medalist Mikkel Bang in their attempts to unseat White. X Games gold medalist Torah Bright will be looking for her first Dew Tour win of the season in the superpipe.
On the freeski side, Tanner Hall and Justin Dorey are tied for first in the superpipe discipline, but recent X Games gold medalist Xavier Bertoni is bound to provide some stiff competition. In slopestyle, PK Hunder leads the field with overall points, but in Tahoe, X Games gold medalist TJ Schiller could pull anything out of his deep bag of tricks.
A few notable athletes to compete in Tahoe are as follows:
SNB Pipe Men: Shaun White, Louie Vito, JJ Thomas, Torstein Horgmo, Trevor Jacob, Andy Finch
SNB Pipe Women: Hannah Teter, Ellery Hollingsworth, Torah Bright, Kjersti Buaas, Elena Hight
SNB Slope Men: Shaun White, Mikkel Bang, Andreas Wiig, Torstein Horgmo,
SNB Slope Women: Jenny Jones, Torah Bright, Kjersti Buaas, Spencer O’Brien
SKI Pipe Men: Tanner Hall, Simon Dumont, Jossi Wells, Byron Wells, Dan Marion
SKI Slope Men: TJ Schiller, Simon Dumont, Bobby Brown, Jossi Wells, Charles Gagnier, PK Hunder, Jacob Wester, Peter Olenick
The schedule of events is as follows:
Thursday, February 19
11:00AM - 2:30PM Mens/Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Prelims
Noon - 1:30PM Men’s Freeski Superpipe Prelims
Friday, February 20
10:00AM - 12:30PM Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Prelims
2:00PM - 3:30PM Men’s/Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Final
5:00PM - 7:00PM Concert in Festival Village – Common and Tweak Bird
Saturday, February 21
10:00AM - 1:00PM Men’s/Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Prelims
11:30AM - 1:00PM Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final
3:00PM - 3:30PM Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Exhibition
6:00PM - 7:30PM Men’s Freeski Superpipe Final
Sunday, February 22
11:00AM - 11:30AM Women’s Freeski Superpipe Exhibition
Noon - 3:00PM Men’s/Women’s Snowboard Superpipe Final
*****SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE*****
NBC Saturday, Feb. 21th 2:30pm-4:00pm EST SKI Slope Men Finals
NBC Sunday, Feb. 22st 4:00pm-6:00pm EST SNB Pipe Women/ Men Finals
USA Network Friday, Feb. 20th Midnight-1:00am EST SNB Slope Women/ Men Finals
USA Network Saturday, Feb. 21th Midnight-1:00am EST SKI Pipe Men Finals
Similar to the Dew Tour’s summer competition structure, the Winter Dew Tour is based on a cumulative points system as the top snow athletes battle it out for a piece of the $1.5 million prize purse and the chance to take home the Dew Cup at the conclusion of the season in February.
The complete 2008/09 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Stop 1: Dec. 18-21, 2008 Breckenridge, Colo.—Breckenridge Ski Resort
Stop 2: Jan. 8-11, 2009 West Dover, Vt.—Mount Snow Resort
Toyota Championship: Feb. 19-22, 2009 Truckee, Calif.—Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
Winter Dew Tour
The Winter Dew Tour consists of three major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, and a $1.5 million competitive purse. Each event features men and women’s snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle), and men’s freeskiing (superpipe and slopestyle). At season’s end, the overall point’s leaders in the six disciplines are crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup. As part of an Alli property, key lifestyle elements compliment the competitions at each Tour event including the Festival village, specialty competitions, and live cutting edge music. The Winter Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC Sports with additional competition and lifestyle broadcasts on MTV, MTV2 and USA. The Winter Dew Tour is also distributed on Fuel TV, Universal HD, Rush HD, and internationally on Eurosport, Fox Australia, Extreme Channel and Allarco superchannel. Winter Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor); Toyota (event title sponsor). Associate partners include Ball Park, Nike 6.0, PlayStation®, Wendy’s, and Verizon Wireless. More information can be found at http://www.allisports.com.
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