Industry News 12/9/2011

EVENT: FUEL TV Webcasts, Airs U.S. Grand Prix at Copper


FUEL TV is excited to be back as a media partner of the USSA and will be webcasting and airing the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper.

On Friday, watch the FS HP Finals from 12:00 to 1:30pm. On Saturday, watch the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix finals from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

A record field will be on hand this weekend at Copper Mountain with around 150 athletes from 21 nations battling in the 22-foot halfpipe in the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, a TTR 5Star event. Louie Vito (Columbus, OH) and Kaitlyn Farrington (Sun Valley, ID) will be going for repeat wins. But they'll face tough competition from the likes of Olympic medalist Scotty Lago (Seabrook, NH) and Olympic champion Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT), the top ranked athlete in TTR standings, who is coming off a sensational season.

The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, which kicks off the international snowboarding season for the fourth year at Copper, is a TTR (Ticket to Ride) 5Star event and a FIS Continental Cup.

2010 Champions: Men: Louie Vito (Columbus, OH), ranked number two in TTR; Women: Kaitlyn Farrington (Sun Valley, ID)

Other top U.S. riders include: Olympic champion Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT) and TTR rankings leader who dominated snowboarding last season, Olympic medalists Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) and Scotty Lago (Seabrook, NH), and 2011 Mammoth Mountain Grand Prix winner Matt Ladley (Steamboat Springs, CO) .

Top international riders include TTR top-ranked Ryo Aono of Japan and TTR third ranked Iouri Podlachikov of Switzerland for men, along with TTR top-ranked woman Queralt Castellat of Spain.

FUEL TV – January 23 at 8pET

Friday, Dec. 9
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Sprint U.S. FS Grand Prix finals
Saturday, Dec. 10
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix finals