Russian wild cards are named for Freeride World Tour 2009.
Wild cards holders of Russian stop of Nissan Russian Adventure Freeride World Tour are named. They are (snowboard): Elisabeth Pahl (Prielbrusie), Pavel Lvov (Moscow), Egor Druzhinin (Sochi); ski – Alexander Baydaev (Prielbrusie), Veronika Sorokina (Moscow).
Nissan Russian Adventure – first stop of Freeride World Tour (ski & snowboard) will take place in Krasnaya Polyana on January 20–25, 2009. Recently the only named Russian sportsman in official competition list was Gennadiy Hryachkov (Prielbrusie, snowboard). In the beginning of November 2009 the other six Russian sportsmen were named. During the January 2009 spectators of Nissan Russian Adventure will roots for following riders: Gennadiy Hryachkov, Elizabeth Pahl, Pavel Lvov, Egor Druzhinin, Alexander Baydaev, Veronika Sorokina.
The prospects of Russian sportsmen were positively evaluated by founder of Freeride World Tour Nikolas Hale-Woods, who visited Moscow during 15th International Ski&Board Salon in Moscow. «I think it is big-big progression. Fast progression. And I think Russian riders will not make for the podium in 2009, but they could make it in 2011, 2012, 2013… Pretty quickly you can see big attention, big excitement about the sport, so with more events happening… There is no qualifying event in 2009 in Russia, may be in 2010. And those regional events will give options for young riders to make their way to the top of the pyramid. And I think that I would not be surprised that will be Russian rider at the end of the season in five years».
The FWT organizing committee is sure, that in a year in Russia will be organized its own (and, probably, not one) freeride event from sister events series. Next year it names candidates to the participation in Russian Freeride World Tour stop 2010. And now Krasnaya Polyana slopes prepares for Nissan Russian Adventure 2009 – during this competition the best Russian riders meets the best freeriders of USA and Europe.
And who they are? Gennadiy Hryachkov – the winner of Freeride Russian Cup and the only Russian sportsmen in FWT official competitors ranking. Elizabeth Pahl and Alexander Baydaev are not newcomers too: in 2008 Elizabeth wins 3rd place in Nissan Russian Adventure and occupied 6th place in FWT ranking. Alexander achieved 7th place during Nissan Xtreme Verbier 2007 (now this event is the official ending of Freeride World Tour). Veronika Sorokina (4th place in Nissan Russian Adventure 2008) occupies 7th row in FWT competitors ranking. Young snowboarders Egor Druzhinin and Pavel Lvov are multiplied champions of Russian freeride competitions.
The organizers of Nissan Russian Adventure thinking optimistically: they believes, that the skiers and snowboarders will ride two runs, and international stars of sports takes all the pleasure of wild Polyana slopes. One of the run will take place in spectator's access zone, not far from «Alpika Servis» ski lift. The second run will undergo by heliboarding. Thereby from January 20 till 25 Russian stop of freeride word championship 2009 will be observed from Krasnaya Polyana alpine tracks.
«Nissan Motor RUS» is the general sponsor of Russian stop of the Freeride World Tour. Sponsoring support of the first in freeride history Russian FWT stop (Krasnaya Polyana, January 31 - February 5 2008,) become start for the Nissan Motor RUS project in international Nissan Sports Adventure communication strategy.
This communication program will be created for Nissan product and brand promotion through creation, development and supporting of unique sport projects. The strategy is oriented on people, behaving the active way of life. Feeling of adventures and desire to test oneself in wild nature and modern city circumstances unite spiritually close people, who wants to fill there's life by bright events and impressions.
Nissan Company is ready to offer journey fans all model line of off road vehicles. They are optimal for any different travels – easy to get over any obstacles, enable to transport sport equipment and travel with company of friends.
The support of sport part organizing and spectators travel tours to Krasnaya Polyana offers «Vertikalny Mir» travel agency. PR-support and partner cooperation in Russia accomplishes 360 Sport Communication Agency.
Information partners of FWT Russian stop are: Best Life Magazine, Men's Health Magazine, Onboard Magazine, EXTREME Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine.
Official web site www.freerideworldtour.com
FREERIDE WORLD TOUR 2009
Nissan Russian Adventure — Sochi (Russia) 20–25 January
Nissan Tram Face — Squaw Valley (USA) 27 February-5 March
Nissan Freeride de Tignes (France) 8–14 March
Nissan Xtreme — Verbier (Switzerland) 20–29 March
WC1_Richard PERMIN (FRA)
WC2_Alexander BAYDAEV (RUS)
WC3_Sverre LILIEQUIST (SWE)
WC4_Craig GARBIEL (USA)
WC5_Griffin POST (USA)
WC6_Olivier MEYNET (FRA)
WC7_Brett CRABTREE (CAN)
WC1_Marja PERSSON (SWE)
WC2_Jen ASHTON (CAN)
WC3_Veronika SOROKINA (RUS)
WC4_Stina JAKOBSSON (SWE)
WC5_Janette HARGIN (SWE)
WC6_Giulia MONEGO (ITA)
WC1_Steve KLASSEN (USA)
WC2_Max ZIPSER (AUT)
WC3_Pavel LVOV (RUS)
WC4_Egor DRUZHININ (RUS)
WC1_Elizabeth PAHL (RUS)
WC2_Géraldine FASNACHT (SUI)
WC3_Bibi PEKAREK (AUT)
WC4_Aline BOCK (GER)