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McDonald’s hosts inaugural pro rail session for skiers and boarders

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Last week the organizers released the athlete list for the inaugural McDonald’s Rail Session, a new event on the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival calendar for 2004.

The contest takes place tonight (Friday, April 23) under the lights in Skier’s Plaza at 9 p.m. The event will get underway with a jam, followed by elimination rounds to narrow the field down to two athletes. The total prize purse for the event is cool $10,000.

Ten skiers and 10 snowboarders are taking part in the event, which will be broadcast on national television. The organizers are hoping to attract the largest crowd ever to a rail session.

The 10 snowboarders on the list are:

Dennis Bannock – Squamish – Ripzone, Atomic, Nixon Technine, Grenade, 32, Etnies, OGIO, Ca$hle$$ Inc.

Simon Chamberlain – Whistler – Stepchild, M6, 32, Technine

Susi Davis – Oakville, ON – Capita, 32, Dragon, Nikita, Monix, OGIO

Jesse Fox – Whistler – Rome, M6, Oakley, Ambigious

Brendan Keenan – North Vancouver – Burton, Dragon, Grenade, Neff

Eero Niemela – Finland – Rossignol, Volcom, Oakley

Benji Ritchie – Whistler – Rossignol, Billabong

Roberta Rodger – North Vancouver – Hammer, 32, Velvet, Sessions

Aaron Shapiro – North Vancouver – Atomic Technine, 32, Dragon, Etnies

Dwayne Wiebe – Calgary – Rome, Westbeach, Grenade, Drake

The stand-by list includes Mikee HK and Travis Williams of Whistler and Paavo Tikkanen of Vancouver.

The list of invited skiers includes:

Iannick B. – Grandes-Piles, QC – Salomon, Orage, Silver Cartel, Scott USA, D-Structure

Sarah Burke – Midland, ON – Smith

David Crichton – Manotick, ON – Dynastar, DNA, Spy, D-Structure

Charles Gagnier – Victoriaville, QC – Salomon, Spy, D-Structure

Tanner Hall – Kalispell, MT – Armada

Kristi Leskinen – Uniontown, PA – Rossignol

Kye Petersen – Whistler – Rossignol

TJ Schiller – Vernon – Armada, Orage

Steele Spence – Snowmass, CO – 4FRNT

Matt Sterbenz – Truckee, CA – 4FRNT, VZ, Billabong, Level, OVO, Tecnica, Scott USA

The stand-by list includes Rory Silva of Mammoth Lakes, California; Josh Bibby of Vernon; Mark Abma of Whistler and Mickael Deschenaux of Switzerland.

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