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15th Anniversary for the Finals of the Freeride World Tour 2010

Nissan Xtreme by Swatch, Verbier Switzerland, March 20


Verbier, Switzerland – March 11, 2010 – The suspense is growing… Who will be crowned Freeride World Champion at the Nissan Xtreme by Swatch in Verbier, March 20, at the last stage of the 2010 Freeride World Tour? Considered to be the most prestigious Freeride competition in the world, the ”Xtreme” is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year -15 years of passionate freeriding and great sports performances on the mythical Bec de Rosses.

All the former winners of the event have been invited by the organisers to be present in Verbier to mark this special occasion.

After the first three Freeride World Tour stops in Russia, France and USA, only the top eight men ski, six men snowboard, three women ski and two women snowboard are invited to the finals in Verbier They will be joined by a few selected “wild cards”, as well as the winners from the Freeride World Qualifier, Nendaz Freeride.

The Complete Entry List Nissan Xtreme by Swatch click here

Julia Mancuso (USA) – Double Silver Medallist Vancouver to Compete in Verbier

Fresh from her success at the Olympics in Vancouver, Julia Mancuso will travel from the USA to participate in the event. She is without doubt one of the exciting wild cards for this year’s competition.

“Competing in the Verbier Xtreme is something that I’ve been wanting to do since I came to Verbier to participate in another event a couple of years ago. The Bec des Rosses is challenging. Last year when I was visiting in Verbier I knew it was something I wanted to conquer. Just standing at the top and looking down is exhilarating. I’ve never done a freeride competition but when I saw that the Xtreme was scheduled after our World Cup tour ended, I thought why not! It’s another way I can challenge my own skiing and free skiing has always been a passion of mine.

Growing up in Squaw, I have had so many inspirational skiers to look up to. Of course JT Holmes and Cody Townsend have helped me push my limits, and I am really in awe of everyone out there living their passion and skiing for the love of the sport.”

Nissan Xtreme by Swatch Live from Verbier

For those who want to follow the competition but cannot make it to Verbier, it is possible to view it live on the internet or on a mobile phone with internet connection.

Go to www.freerideworldtour.com on contest day for the live link

The Freeride World Tour Ranking 2010 after Three Completed Contests click here

The Former Winners of the 15 Years of the Xtreme are:picture-10

Snowboard women:

Ruth LEISIBACH (SUI)

Géraldine FASNACHT (SUI)

Lori GIBBS (USA)

Julie ZELL (USA)

Eva SANDELGARD (SWE)

Julie LARSEN (USA)

Ski women:

Marja PERSSON (SWE)

Elyse SAUGSTAD (USA)

Giulia MONEGO (ITA)

Ane ENDERUD (NOR)

Snowboard men:

Cyril NERI (SUI)

Mitch TOLDERER (AUT)

Steve KLASSEN (USA)

Axel PAUPORTE (BEL)

Jeremy JONES (USA)

Xavier DE LE RUE (FRA)

Alex COUDRAY (SUI)

Ashley CALL (USA)

Ski men:

Aurélien DUCROZ (FRA)

Kaj ZACKRISSON (SWE)

Olivier MEYNET (FRA)

Sébastien MICHAUD (FRA)

Jean-Yves MICHELLOD (FRA)

The 2010 Freeride World Tour’s four stages:

1. NISSAN RUSSIAN ADVENTURE BY SWATCH – SOCHI, RUSSIA

Date: Competition postponed to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc – 4 February 2010

2. NISSAN FREERIDE OF CHAMONIX-MONT-BLANC – FRANCE

Date: 31 January 2010

3. NISSAN TRAM FACE – SQUAW VALLEY USA – UNITED STATES

Date: 1 March 2010

4. NISSAN XTREME BY SWATCH – VERBIER, SWITZERLAND

Date: 20 March 2010

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About the Freeride World Tour:

The Freeride World Tour was launched in 2008 and after just two full seasons is already recognized by riders, the ski industry and the media as the pinnacle of the sport. In 2010, the best freeriders: men, women, skiers and snowboarders alike, will visit some of the world’s most renowned ski resorts in pursuit of the world title. The four-stop Freeride World Tour is supported by 18 Freeride World Qualifier events around the world where the same criteria for event organization, choice of locations, security, contest format, and judging is applied.

www.freerideworldtour.com

About Nissan:

Nissan’s Sports Adventure (NSA) programme was created three years ago with the aim to support and promote adventure sports and an active outdoor lifestyle. The 2010 programme includes the Freeride World Tour, the Freeride World Qualifiers, the Nissan Outdoor Games festival as well as the European team of Nissan athletes.

Nissan events, as well as their athletes, illustrate the passion and commitment that is the very ethos of Nissan Sports Adventure. They also reflect the fact that Nissan continuously challenge everything that they do. The Freeride World Tour sees more and more aspiring athletes proving themselves in a similar way and inspiring the next generation of fans. For more information please visit:

www.nissan-sportsadventure.com

About Swatch:

Swatch, founded in 1983 by Nicolas G. Hayek and under the presidency today of Arlette-Elsa Emch, is a leading Swiss watch and jewelry maker and one of the world’s most fashionable brands. Swatch is a member of the international Swatch Group of Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. The brand has been closely associated for many years with trendy lifestyle and popular sports, through its role as Official Timekeeper at competitive events, the introduction and development of Swatch Pro Teams, and through innovative products like the Swatch Snowpass System, a built-in access technology allowing Swatch watches to serve as ski passes at over 600 winter sports destinations around the world. For more information please visit: www.swatch.com

About Scott:

SCOTT SPORTS SA, based in Givisiez ,Switzerland, is a leading international manufacturer of premium bike accessories/equipment, wintersport and motorsport products. Since 1958 founder Ed Scott`s initial version of technical innovation has served as the cornerstone for the company`s philosophy: innovation, technology, design. The longterm partnership with the Freeride World Tour underlines the commitment of SCOTT for the Freeride Sport and fits perfectly to our brand image and -positioning. SCOTT is the official Tour Supplier for Skis, Poles, Eyewear, Body Protection, Helmets and Outerwear. For more information please visit: www.scott-sports.com

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