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Snowboard Women

Isabel Clark Ribeiro – From Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ribeiro calls Whistler home during the winter months. She has some excellent results in the boardercross to her credit, but not too many pro superpipe events.

Magnolia Barra – From Punta Arenas, Chile, Barra has mostly competed at the Continental Cup level, where she usually finishes in the top 20.

Ski Men

Mauricio Cambilla – Cambilla hails from Carlos De Bariloche, Argentina, and does most of his skiing south of the equator.

Martiniano Nemirovsci – Also from Argentina, Nimirovsci has spent some time in Whistler where he competes in local contests.

Ski Women

To Be Announced

Team Europe

Snowboard Men

Vinzenz Lueps – From Utting, Germany, Lueps is a top competitor on the World Cup halfpipe circuit, and has fared well in pro events in North America and Europe. He was 10 th this year in the U.S. Open superpipe.

Gian Simmen – This Swiss boarder is a threat in every contest he enters. He won the gold medal in the 1998 Olympics, and was the 2001 ISF superpipe champion. This year he won the World Superpipe Championships in Park City, edging out a world-class field. He also dabbles in World Cup, with three gold medals and a silver in his last seven appearances – over a five year period.

Snowboard Women

Anne Molin Kongsgaard – From Norway, Kongsgaard has top results in the Gravity Games, Vans Triple Crown events, and other pro contests.

The second European representative is still to be announced.

Ski Men

Jon Olsson – Olsson hails from Are, Sweden, is 19-years-old, and most recently won the World Skiing Invitational big air in Whistler. He was third in the X-Games superpipe this year, and fourth in the U.S. Open.

Candide Thovex – Thovex won the X Games superpipe this year by almost six points, and was second in the 2002 World Skiing Invitational. From France, he is definitely among the top contenders for the title this weekend.

Ski Women

Marie Martinod – From France, Martinod edged out Canada’s Sarah Burke in the U.S. Open superpipe this year, handing Burke one of her first losses in a pro competition. She’s definitely a contender.

Team Asia

Snowboard Men

Keijiro Kasahara – Japan has its own pro snowboard circuit, and Kasahara is one of its top athletes. He finished fifth in the Nippon Open this year behind Shaun White, Daniel Frank, Guillaume Morisset, and teammate Takahiro Ishihara.