Mammoth Mountain, CA, Dec. 10, 2001 - California?s hometown favorite Kyle Rasmussen, the back-to-back Overall Series Champion came out strong today as he dominated the field of Olympic and World Cup Champions at Mammoth Mountain. Rasmussen claims his third straight victory at Mammoth. "This is a great start for myself and Team USA." I love this racecourse; I started racing downhill here when I was 12 years old." Said Rasmussen. "The crowd was awesome, they were cheering me on - it really helps!" Amidst a picture perfect California day and an enthusiastic crowd, the competition was fierce as these world class athletes hit speeds over 80 mph on the Cornice Bowl Fascination course. Rasmussen clocked the fastest time of 1:59.82 edging out his archrival Daniel Mahrer of Switzerland and the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist Jean-Luc Cretier. Daniel Mahrer and William Besse of Team Switzerland, the defending Series Champions, start the season where they left off last year as they bring home the Team Title today in a decisive victory over Team USA. "I felt really happy with my first run because I could feel what was happening with my skis, I was relaxed and confident." Said William Besse. "It is a good feeling to know my team captain is fast so I am able to relax a bit more. This is a great start for us, I am happy with the result."
Tommy Moe and Kyle Rasmussen of Team USA finished second with Jean-Luc Cretier and David Pretot of Team France finishing in third. The Jeep King of the Mountain features a format consistent with high-speed Olympic downhill racing and is the only professional downhill series in the world. The Prize purse is impressive, with $100,000.00 on the line in each race and the Overall team champions driving away with two new Jeep Liberty? s. The Overall Individual King of the Mountain will be awarded an INFINITY Prelude MTS home stereo speaker system.
Differing from World Cup and Olympic downhills, The Jeep King of the Mountain event consists of two timed runs for each racer. The overall individual winner is determined by the combined time of two runs and the winning International team is determined by the combined times of each member?s second run.
Today?s race will air on CBS December 15,2001 1:00pm EST.
The Jeep King of the Mountain Series continues throughout the winter as the Tour takes a trip out East to Loon Mountain, one of New Hampshire?s most popular resorts, on January 10-13 with the airdate on CBS, February 17. The final race of the Series will be the World Championships taking place March 6-9 in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The Beaver Creek race will air on CBS March 24. Produced by ECLIPSE Television and Sports Marketing, this spectator friendly event is quick and action-packed allowing spectators to watch these gifted athletes compete in a single hour.
For more information on Jeep King of the Mountain, visit www.jeepskiing.com
1. Kyle Rasmussen, USA 1:59.82
2. Daniel Mahrer, SUI 1:59.88
3. Jean Luc Cretier, FRA 2:00.79
4. William Besse, SUI 2:00.95
5. Roman Torn, CAN 2:01.46
6. Tommy Moe, USA 2:02.70
7. David Pretot, FRA 2:02.73
8. Alberto Senigagliesi, ITA 2:04.10
9. Pietro Vitalini, ITA 2:05.28
10. Rob Boyd, CAN 2:06.96
International Team Competition
1. SUI 2:01.10
2. USA 2:01.47
3. FRA 2:01.56
4. CAN 2:03.47
5. ITA 2:04.73