FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / April 1, 2003

TEAMS UNVEILED FOR X GAMES GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP I
Athletes From Around the World to Compete in Summer and Winter Action Sports Simultaneously. Two Venues to Host Events May 16-18: San Antonio, Texas and Whistler Blackcomb Mountain Resort, B.C.

ESPN announces the invitation of the best two athletes from six world regions in 11 different summer and winter action sports to compete at the inaugural X Games Global Championship May 16-18. The unique competition will mark the first-ever multi-day, dual-venue, winter and summer action sports event that will focus on athletes competing on behalf of their team. To date, action sports events and competitions have been based primarily on individual performances.

X Games Global Championship I includes 11 events in six sports categories taking place simultaneously at two venues: Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas (seven events from four summer sports) and Whistler Blackcomb Resort in British Columbia (four events from two winter sports). (See page two for details). The six competing teams represent different regions of the world: U.S., Europe, Canada, South America, Asia and Australia. Each of the teams will consist of two athletes per region for each sport discipline (note: women’s Ski SuperPipe will have one athlete per world region).

X Games Global Championship will have the best in each sport working to benefit their teammates in the challenge to become Global Champion. With the breadth of athleticism around the globe, competition should be fierce.

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
USA: Freestyle Moto X athlete Mike “The Godfather” Metzger has taken the gold medal in the last three X Games Moto X competitions, thanks to his groundbreaking backflip tricks. Kelly Clark, gold medallist at Winter X Games VI, 2002 Winter Olympics and 2003 European Open, teams with Gretchen Bleiler, gold medallist at Winter X Games VII and the 2003 US Open, in the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe. Dave Mirra, the most decorated X Games gold medallist in history (11), will compete in both Bike Stunt Vert and Park.

Canada: Bike Stunt competitor Jay Miron has won nine X Games medals. Sarah Burke and Natasza Zurek are former ESPN Action Sports and Music Award athletes of the year in women’s Ski and Snowboard categories, respectively. Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe’s Maelle Ricker, a Whistler local, is a member of the Canadian National Snowboard Team. Pierre Luc Gagnon is the X Games VIII Skateboard Vert gold medallist. Men’s Snowboard SuperPipe’s Guillaume Morisset recently took two podium spots at the 2003 Nippon Open in Superpipe (bronze) and Big Air (gold).

Asia: The power of two is in full effect as the Yasutoko brothers (Eito and Takeshi) compete in Aggressive In-line Skate Vert. Together they hold eight X Games medals. Shuji Ueyama will play the dual role as he teams up with X Games veteran Seiji Saito for Bike Vert and with Kenji Tsuruta for Bike Park. All three riders competed at Asian X Games V; Seiji and Kenji took home medals at that event.

Europe: Aggressive In-Line Vert’s Taig Khris is a five-time medallist at the X Games and landed the first-ever double backflip in competition (X Games VII). The Men’s Ski SuperPipe team is a driving force with Candide Thovex and Jon Olsson, Winter X Games VII gold and bronze medallists, respectively. Rune Glifberg, Skateboard Vert athlete, is a five-time X Games medallist. Europe’s Bike Stunt Vert discipline has Jamie Bestwick, an X Games VI Gold medallist, and Simon Tabron, three-time X Games medallist. Olympians lead the men’s and women’s snowboard teams, including Gian Simmen (men’s halfpipe gold medal, 1998) and Doriane Vidal (women’s halfpipe silver medal, 2002).

Australia: The Skateboard Vert team is solid with Renton Millar and Jake Brown, both known for their technical tricks. Moto X Freestylist DaynKinnaird is currently ranked number one in the World Freestyle Association Series. Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe athlete Holly Crawford is the 2002 Australian National Halfpipe Champion. Bike Stunt Park’s Colin Mackay is the silver medallist from Asian X Games V. Aggressive In-line Skate Vert athlete Shane Yost is the 2002 ASA World Championship silver medallist.

South America: This region boasts the toughest overall Skateboard lineup with Carlos de Andrade and Rodil de Araujo, Jr. in Park and Bob Burnquist and Sandro Dias in Vert. De Araujo took gold in Skateboard Park, Best Trick and Street at X Games VIII. One of the most respected riders in the world, Bob Burnquist boasts eight X Games medals. Aggressive In-line Skate Vert athlete Fabiola da Silva – now an action sports legend – is the only female to compete in Aggressive In-line in San Antonio.

Each athlete receives points for their team based on the final leader board position within their sport discipline (first place, 12 points; points descend to one point for 12th place). Results from each competition at both venues will be combined for an overall team score. The primary outcome of the entire event will be to crown one of the six teams the X Games Global Champion. Individual performances will also be recognized.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC Sports will combine to televise 12 original hours of coverage from X Games Global Championship I, May 17-21, 2003, with a one-hour special on ABC on May 24. ESPN International will distribute coverage of the event worldwide, including on TSN in Canada.

Tickets for the Alamodome are free to the public. Due to the location of the SuperPipe venue at the summit of Whistler Mountain, a lift ticket is required to obtain access to the event. The resort will offer both “spectator” passes and reduced lift ticket prices.

THE ATHLETES, by team & sport
San Antonio, Texas events
Aggressive In-line Skate
Bike Stunt
Moto X Freestyle
Skateboard
Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia events
Ski
Snowboard

Team USA
Aggressive In-Line Skate
Park

Brian Aragon, Brighton, Colorado
Jaren Grob, Orem, Utah
Vert
Mike Budnik, Santa Ana, California
Marc Englehart, Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Bike Stunt
Park

Dave Mirra, Greenville, North Carolina
Ryan Nyquist, Greenville, North Carolina
Vert
Dave Mirra, Greenville, North Carolina
Kevin Robinson, Woodward, Pennsylvania

Moto X Freestyle
Kenny Bartram, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Mike Metzger, Menifee, California

Skateboard
Park

Eric Koston, San Bernadino, California
Chris Senn, Grass Valley, California
Vert
Bucky Lasek, Carlsbad, California
Andy Macdonald, San Diego, California

Ski SuperPipe
Men’s

Tanner Hall, Kalispell, Montana
CR Johnson, Truckee, California
Women’s
Kim Stacey, Mammoth, California

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Ross Powers, S. Londonderry, Vermont
Shaun White, Carlsbad, California
Women’s
Gretchen Bleiler, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Kelly Clark, Mount Snow, Vermont

Team Canada
Aggressive In-Line Skate
Park

Nicky Adams, Montreal, Quebec
Matt Donald, Montreal, Quebec
Vert
Jon Bergeron, Longveil, Quebec
Elmer Pillon, Toronto, Ontario

Bike Stunt
Park

Jay Miron, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Dave Osato, Vancouver, British Columbia
Vert
Jay Miron, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Rob Sigaty, Nelson, British Columbia

Moto X Freestyle
Benoit Milot, Yamachiche, Quebec
Mike Samson, Kamloops, British Columbia

Skateboard
Park

Rick McCrank, Vancouver, British Columbia
Dan Pageau, Montreal, Quebec
Vert
Pierre Luc Gagnon, Montreal, Quebec
Max Dufour, St. Lambert, Quebec

Ski SuperPipe
Men’s

Philippe Belanger, Lac Beauport, Quebec
Philippe Larose, Lac Beauport, Quebec
Women’s
Sarah Burke, Midland, Ontario

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Trevor Andrew, Falmouth Hants Co., Nova Scotia
Guillaume Morisset, Stoneham, Quebec
Women’s
Maelle Ricker, Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Natasza Zurek, Vancouver, British Columbia

Team Asia
Aggressive In-Line Skate
Park

Ken Kitada (Japan)
Jeeresak Tassorn (Thailand)
Vert
Eito Yasutoko (Japan)
Takeshi Yasutoko (Japan)

Bike Stunt
Park

Kenji Tsuruta (Japan)
Shuji Ueyama (Japan)
Vert
Seiji Saito (Japan)
Shuji Ueyama (Japan)

Moto X Freestyle
Eigo Sato (Japan)
Daisuke Suzuki (Japan)

Skateboard
Park

Ahmad Fadzil Musa (Malaysia)
Mohd Zamri Mohd Ramli (Malaysia)
Vert
Yota Manome (Japan)
Gen Ogawa (Japan)

Ski SuperPipe
Men’s

Shoya Okazaki (Japan)
Motoki Shimomura (Japan)
Women’s
Tomoko Kojima (Japan)

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Keijiro Kasahara (Japan)
Takashiro Ishihara (Japan)
Women’s
Junko Asazuma (Japan)
Yuri Yoshikawa (Japan)

Team South America
Aggressive In-Line
Park

Santiago Azpurua (Venezuela)
Carlos Pianowski (Brazil)
Vert
Marco de Santi (Brazil)
Fabiola de Silva (Brazil)

Bike Stunt
Park

TBD at Latin American X Games II
Vert
TBD at Latin American X Games II

Moto X Freestyle
Rudy Waller (Costa Rica)
Javier Villejas (Chile)

Skateboard
Park

Carlos de Andrade (Brazil)
Rodil de Araujo, Jr. (Brazil)
Vert
Bob Burnquist (Brazil)
Sandro Dias (Brazil)

Ski SuperPipe
Men’s

TBD
Women’s
TBD

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Fraz Baehr (Chile)
Spiro Razis (Chile)
Women’s
Carolia Galeano (Chile)
Magnolia Barra (Chile)

Team Australia
Aggressive In-Line Skate
Park

Ian Brown
Blake Dennis
Vert
Cesar Mora
Shane Yost

Bike Stunt
Park

Ryan Guettler
Colin Mackay
Vert
Matt Fairbairn
Robert Smith

Moto X Freestyle
Dayne Kinnaird
Luke Urek

Skateboard
Park

Chad Bartie
Jeff Williams
Vert
Jake Brown
Renton Millar

Ski SuperPipe
Men’
s
Woodie Bouma
Ben Murphy
Women’s
Cat Smiley

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Andrew Burton
Marcus Wehrle
Women’s
Torah Bright
Holly Crawford

Team Europe
Aggressive In-Line Skate
Park

Stephane Alfano (France)
Bruno Lowe (Germany)
Vert
Beni Huber (Switzerland)
Taig Khris (France)

Bike Stunt
Park

Ruben Alcantara (Spain)
Alistair Whitton (Britain)
Vert
Jamie Bestwick (Britain)
Simon Tabron (Britain)

Moto X Freestyle
Manu Troux (France)
Sebastian Wolter (Germany)

Skateboard
Park

Chris Astrom (Sweden)
Jeremy Reinhard (Germany)
Vert
Rune Glifberg (Denmark)
Mathias Ringstrom (Sweden)

Ski SuperPipe
Men’s

Jon Olsson (Sweden)
Candide Thovex (France) Dan Pageau, Montreal, Quebec
Vert
Pierre Luc Gagnon, Montreal, Quebec
Max Dufour, St. Lambert, Quebec

Ski SuperPipe
Men’s

Philippe Belanger, Lac Beauport, Quebec
Philippe Larose, Lac Beauport, Quebec
Women’s
Sarah Burke, Midland, Ontario

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Trevor Andrew, Falmouth Hants Co., Nova Scotia
Guillaume Morisset, Stoneham, Quebec
Women’s
Maelle Ricker, Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
Natasza Zurek, Vancouver, British Columbia

Team Asia
Aggressive In-Line Skate
Park

Ken Kitada (Japan)
Jeeresak Tassorn (Thailand)
Vert
Eito Yasutoko (Japan)
Takeshi Yasutoko (Japan)

Bike Stunt
Park

Kenji Tsuruta (Japan)
Shuji Ueyama (Japan)
Vert
Seiji Saito (Japan)
Shuji Ueyama (Japan)

Moto X Freestyle
Eigo Sato (Japan)
Daisuke Suzuki (Japan)

Skateboard
Park

Ahmad Fadzil Musa (Malaysia)
Mohd Zamri Mohd Ramli (Malaysia)
Vert
Yota Manome (Japan)
Gen Ogawa (Japan)

Ski SuperPipe
Men’s

Shoya Okazaki (Japan)
Motoki Shimomura (Japan)
Women’s
Tomoko Kojima (Japan)

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Keijiro Kasahara (Japan)
Takashiro Ishihara (Japan)
Women’s
Junko Asazuma (Japan)
Yuri Yoshikawa (Japan)

Team South America
Aggressive In-Line
Park

Santiago Azpurua (Venezuela)
Carlos Pianowski (Brazil)
Vert
Marco de Santi (Brazil)
Fabiola de Silva (Brazil)

Bike Stunt
Park

TBD at Latin American X Games II
Vert
TBD at Latin American X Games II

Moto X Freestyle
Rudy Waller (Costa Rica)
Javier Villejas (Chile)

Skateboard
Park

Carlos de Andrade (Brazil)
Rodil de Araujo, Jr. (Brazil)
Vert
Bob Burnquist (Brazil)
Sandro Dias (Brazil)

Ski SuperPipe
Men’s

TBD
Women’s
TBD

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Fraz Baehr (Chile)
Spiro Razis (Chile)
Women’s
Carolia Galeano (Chile)
Magnolia Barra (Chile)

Team Australia
Aggressive In-Line Skate
Park

Ian Brown
Blake Dennis
Vert
Cesar Mora
Shane Yost

Bike Stunt
Park

Ryan Guettler
Colin Mackay
Vert
Matt Fairbairn
Robert Smith

Moto X Freestyle
Dayne Kinnaird
Luke Urek

Skateboard
Park

Chad Bartie
Jeff Williams
Vert
Jake Brown
Renton Millar

Ski SuperPipe
Men’
s
Woodie Bouma
Ben Murphy
Women’s
Cat Smiley

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Andrew Burton
Marcus Wehrle
Women’s
Torah Bright
Holly Crawford

Team Europe
Aggressive In-Line Skate
Park

Stephane Alfano (France)
Bruno Lowe (Germany)
Vert
Beni Huber (Switzerland)
Taig Khris (France)

Bike Stunt
Park

Ruben Alcantara (Spain)
Alistair Whitton (Britain)
Vert
Jamie Bestwick (Britain)
Simon Tabron (Britain)

Moto X Freestyle
Manu Troux (France)
Sebastian Wolter (Germany)

Skateboard
Park

Chris Astrom (Sweden)
Jeremy Reinhard (Germany)
Vert
Rune Glifberg (Denmark)
Mathias Ringstrom (Sweden)

Ski SuperPipe
Men’s

Jon Olsson (Sweden)
Candide Thovex (France)
Women’s
Marie Martinode (France)

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Daniel Franck (Norway)
Gian Simmen (Switzerland)
Women’s
Manuela Pesko (Switzerland)
Doriane Vidal (France)

Attn Media: www.espneventmedia.com provides media results, releases, photos for editorial use and background information on all X Games events. Media credential applications for both event venues can also be found on this site.

Media Contacts:
X Games Global Championship (San Antonio) – Maria Scott, (310) 642-1509, maria.elles.scott@espn.com
X Games Global Championship (Whistler) – Melissa Gullotti, (860) 766-7216, melissa.c.gullotti@espn.com
X Games Athlete Relations – Katie Moses, (310) 642-1507, katie.moses@espn.com )
Women’s
Marie Martinode (France)

Snowboard SuperPipe
Men’s

Daniel Franck (Norway)
Gian Simmen (Switzerland)
Women’s
Manuela Pesko (Switzerland)
Doriane Vidal (France)

Attn Media: www.espneventmedia.com provides media results, releases, photos for editorial use and background information on all X Games events. Media credential applications for both event venues can also be found on this site.

Media Contacts:
X Games Global Championship (San Antonio) – Maria Scott, (310) 642-1509, maria.elles.scott@espn.com
X Games Global Championship (Whistler) – Melissa Gullotti, (860) 766-7216, melissa.c.gullotti@espn.com
X Games Athlete Relations – Katie Moses, (310) 642-1507, katie.moses@espn.com