LAAX, Orage and Swatch announce the Orage European Freeski Open by Swatch 2009, taking place from March 17 to 21, 2009. It's back again for its fourth year.
LAAX, SUI – February 2009 – LAAX, Orage and Swatch are proud to announce, the Orage European Freeski Open by Swatch 2009, taking place from March 17 to 21, 2009. Back again for its fourth year, Europe’s premier event of the season offers a grand prize purse of $50,000usd. Featuring both slopestyle and halfpipe competitions, the European Open gives local and amateur riders the chance to compete with some of the best pros in the sport and will award equal prize money to male and female riders.
Altitude? You call 6,000 feet "altitude"? Not if you're from Steamboat, Colo. The Europeans may be sucking Soldier Hollow wind during the cross-country component of the nordic combined.Altitude? You call 6,000 feet "altitude"? Not if you're from Steamboat, Colo. The Europeans may be sucking Soldier Hollow wind during the cross-country component of the nordic combined, but anyone who lives and trains at Steamboat will be squarely in his element.
As expected, the men's combined slalom is turning into a pure Norwegian and Austrian thing, as the men complete the first run today. Aamodt of Norway (pictured) set the pace for the first slalom run to go into the lead with a time of 45.85 seconds.
Alsgaard carried Norway to the gold medal in the men's 40-kilometer cross-country relay Sunday. He passed Italy's Cristian Zorzi in the home stretch and gave the Norwegians a victory in the event for the third time in the last four Olympics.
Germany edged Norway for the gold medal in the women's 20-kilometer cross-country relay Thursday, shortly after Russian superstar Larissa Lazutina was disqualified for having high levels of performance-boosting hemoglobin.