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Jeep King Of The Mountain Series Comes To Mammoth

Mammoth Mountain, CA - The most widely recognized and prestigiousprofessional ski/snowboard series in the world, Jeep King of the Mountain,makes its first stop at Mammoth Mountain November 22-23, 2002.

For the 10th Anniversary Season of Jeep King of the Mountain, the seriesfeatures a new "Y" style race course and introduces women and snowboardingto the races. "This year's races should be the most exciting yet," saidEclipse President Henry Schneidman. "With so many new elements and anincredible race course, this season will really get our spectators and fansinvolved in the action."

The new "Y" race course is uniquely designed to combine the technical skillof Parallel Giant Slalom with the cutting edge drama of Speedcross. Insteadof a simple fast track, the new design begins with a side-by-side dualslalom course. Midway through the course, the two racers are forced togetherand must navigate a single set of gates ending with a table jump and an allout sprint to the finish. Unlike years past, this year's Jeep King of theMountain races are not based on times, but who wins the head-to-head matchup. Skiers and snowboarders compete against each other in a progressive raceformat where winners continue to the next of three rounds.

The first races of the series will take place on Mammoth Mountain'sFascination Course. Mammoth will host two race formats: the pure snowboardevent and pure ski event. Teams for the snowboard race feature one male andone female snowboarder. For the ski race, one male and one female skier willrepresent their country on each team. CBS will air the event on December 1and 14, 2002.

With eight Olympic medals, six world championship titles, over three dozennational titles, and more than forty World Cup victories, the roster ofathletes is the most electrifying yet. It includes the two top rankedsnowboarders internationally, Mathieu Bozetto and Olympic Gold ('98) andSilver ('02) medalist Karine Ruby, both of France. Joining them are 2002Olympians, Silver medalist Richard Richardsson (SWE) and Bronze medalistChris Klug (USA). USA's Megan Gerety, World Champions Barbara Merlin (IT),Katharina Gutensohn (GER) and Lidia Trettel (IT) compete for the firstwomen's JKOM title.

In addition to claiming the JKOM title for their country, athletes willcompete for over $450,000 in prize money and two Jeep Liberties for eachindividual winner in skiing and snowboarding. Infinity Sound Systems will goto the members of the winning team in each sport. Points are awarded at eachevent and are totaled at the end of the series.

Jeep is the title sponsor for the 10th Anniversary Season of the Jeep Kingof the Mountain Series. Other partners include Mopar, Infinity, CharlesSchwab, John Paul Mitchell Systems, Columbia Sportwear Company, Ski PressMagazine, American Airlines, Boeri, and Atomic. Site sponsors includeMammoth Mountain, Boyne Mountain, Loon Mountain, The Mill at Loon, and AspenMountain.

Team Details

USA:
Tommy Moe, Olympic Gold & Silver Medal, Lillehammer, 1994
Megan Gerrety, 7th in '99 World Cup Finals DH
Chris Klug, Olympic Bronze Medal, Salt Lake City, 2002
Rosey Fletcher, 5 Time National Champion

CANADA:
Roman Torn, Canadian Olympic Ski Team Member
Edith Rozsa, 9 Time North American Slalom & Giant Slalom Champion
Jasey Jay Anderson, World Champion, 2 Time Overall World Cup
Champion
Amy Newton, Canadian National Champion

FRANCE:
Romuald Licinio, European Cup Champion
Opehlie David, World Pro Ski Tour Champion
Mathieu Bozetto, 2 Time World Cup Overall Winner, 1999 & 2000
Karine Ruby, Olympic Gold Medalist 1998, 5 Time World Champion
David Pretot, 7 Year member of the French Ski Team

GERMANY:
Martin Fiala, European Cup Champion
Katharina Gutensohn, World Cup Silver Medalist, DH
Rainer Krug, World Championships Silver Medalist, PS
Katharina Himmler, 1999 World Champion, Dual and GGS

ITALY:
Josef Polig, 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist, Combined
Barbara Merlin, 2nd and 3rd, Italian National Championships, DH andSG
Walter Feichter, World Cup & World Championships Giant Slalom Medalist
Lidia Trettel, 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Parallel Giant Slalom

SWEDEN:
Anders Wiggerud, World Champion, PGS and US Extreme Champion-Skiercross
Christine Hargin, Member, Swedish Ski Team
Richard Richardsson, 2002 Olympic Silver Medalist
Sara Fischer, 2002 Swedish Olympic Team Member

For more information on Jeep King of the Mountain at Mammoth Mountain,please contact Communications Manager, Joani Lynch at 760.934.0645

Mammoth Mountain Ski Area is the leading four-season mountain resort inCalifornia. The company owns and operates Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, JuneMountain, Tamarack Lodge and Resort, Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures, MammothMountain Bike Park, Mammoth Mountain Inn and also operates Juniper SpringsLodge, Sunstone and Eagle Run and Sierra Star Golf Club in Mammoth Lakes,California. For more information on Mammoth Mountain, visitwww.MammothMountain.com or call 800.MAMMOTH.
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