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The standby list includes Chris Dufficy, Daryl Trinidad, Kevin Sansalone, Iikka Backstrom, Dionne Delesalle, Justin Lamoureux, Jon Roth, Kelly Schovanek, Scott Gaffney, Chris Brown, Guy Deschenes, Patrick McCarthy, Nick Gregory, David Melancon and Abe Teter.
All of the athletes invited were selected by a Competition Design Team which included event organizers, industry reps and pro athletes. The group includes Justin Lamoureux, Kevin Sansalone, Maelle Ricker, Tara Teigen, Adrian Millar and Brandon Wong.
Riders not on the list can try to get on it in the qualifier on Friday. You can register online at www.whistler2004.com/registration-forms/snowboard.php.
World Skiing Invitational
WSI Salomon Superpipe and Superhit Competition
For the mens contest the top 30 new school freeskiers will hit the pipe in an extended jam session, including 20 invites and 10 additional skiers from the qualifier heats. A prize purse of $18,500 is up for grabs including $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second, $2,000 for third, $1,000 for fourth and $500 for fifth.
The Superhit purse, which goes to the athlete with the best single trick in the pipe as decided by the athletes themselves is $5,000.
In the womens event there will be 10 skiers, including five invites and five skiers chosen in the qualifier on Friday. The first prize is $5,000, second prize is $2,100 and third prize is $1,000.
The 20 men invited to the Superpipe competition are Josh Bibby, Rory Bushfield, David Crichton, Simon Dumont, Charles Gagnier, Tanner Hall, Scott Hibbert, Phil Larose, Dan Marion, Shoya Okazaki, Peter Olenick, Jon Olsson, Jon Reedy, TJ Schiller, JP Solberg, John Symms, Stefan Thomas, Greg Tuffelmire, Henrik Winstedt and Andrew Woods.
The stand-by list includes Brent Abrams, Andy Mahre, Philou Poirier, Rex Thomas and Oakley White-Allen.
The womens superpipe invites went to Sarah Burke, Hannah Epps, Virginie Faivre, Marie Martinod and Jamie Sundberg. The stand-by athletes are Grete Eliassen, Kristi Leskinen and Kim Stacey.
As with the Ripzone Superpipe, the qualifier is open to everyone on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register online at www.whistler2004.com/registration-forms/skiing.php.
WSI Salomon Big Air
The Salomon Big Air competition, which takes place under the lights at the base of Whistler Mountain, has a prize purse of $18,400 $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second, $2,000 for third, $1,000 for fourth and $100 each for fifth through eighth.
Each athlete will get two jumps in the elimination round, with only the top score counting. The top eight skiers will move into the semi-finals in a one-jump head-to-head format before the top four advance to the final showdown.