Four-time X Games medalist and AFP Slopestyle Champion Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA), Dew Tour Champion and two-time X Games halfpipe medalist Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) two-time X Games halfpipe medalist David Wise (Reno, NV) and five-time X Games medalist Sammy Carlson (Hood River, OR) will headline the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix opener at Copper Mountain, Colorado, Jan. 9-12.
"It's great to be able to compete at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix and have a World Cup in the United States," said Tom Wallisch. "I'm really excited to see what Copper will put together for a slopestyle course and get my FIS World Cup points started as we head towards Sochi. The Grand Prix always has a lot of support from freeskiing fans and it's such a fun event to start the season off," he said.
The longest running domestic tour, the Visa Grand Prix, now in its 17th season and its third season for freeskiing. The Copper Mountain Visa U.S. Grand Prix is a FIS World Cup and AFP Platinum level event, allowing for American athletes to garnish qualifying points on home soil (The Olympic qualifying period lasts from July 2012 to January 2014) for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
In addition to the exhilarating competition, spectators will be treated to free live entertainment on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Jack's Slopeside Grill from the duo Wild Belle. The weekend will be televised on both NBC and the NBC Sports Network, plus live coverage of halfpipe finals on the USSA Network.
Broadcast Schedule - (NOTE that times are ET):
Sat. Jan. 11, 11:20 a.m. -1:00 p.m. - Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix live stream, halfpipe, USSA Network
Sat. Jan. 12, 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, halfpipe, NBC
Sat. Jan. 12, 1:00-2:00 p.m. - Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, halfpipe, NBC Sports Network
Sat. Jan. 19, 2:00-3:00 p.m. -Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, slopestyle, NBC Sports Network
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