The Greatest Extreme Athletes on the Screen


Chamonix Mont-Blanc from 14 to 17 February, 2008

Nissan Outdoor Games by Columbia are pleased to announce their first winter contest in Chamonix, and it’s set to be one of the main events of the season. The list of participants speaks for itself, with some of the best athletes from all over the globe committing to a very unusual film contest. They will be putting their amazing skills on show for some fantastic public displays, all for your viewing pleasure. Only the best athletes have been selected to participate, and they’ll have only 5 days to make a 5 minute film.

This first winter edition will host 7 international teams. Catch a glimpse of the participants:

To honour the ladies, the winner of the snowboard category at the Olympics in Nagano, Karine Ruby will lead a team of talented female athletes, including Julie Pomagalski, Fleur Fouques, Fanny Devillaz, Cyrilde and Tatiana Pinard.

A North American team directed by the production company Radical Films will be in attendance. Managed by Canadian Bjorn Enga, this team has got off to a good start and will reunite a sound engineer, a cameraman and a film-maker. Swiss freerider Phil Meier will be responsible for the recruitment of athletes performing for the team.

The Scandinavian team comprises photographer Petri Kovalainen and cameraman Jani Johansen – both under the direction of Jarkko Henttonen. Their professionalism was greatly noticed during last summer’s Outdoor Games in Interlaken, so these guys could be the ones to watch.

Another interesting team is Medeo’Z: French World Champion climber Liv Sansoz will give a cue to Vivien Dotty, whilstTony Lamiche and Bertrand Delapierre will be filming.

Team Focus has nothing to fear from their competitors. Daniel Lafarge, who will be the cameraman, expects French freeriders Aurélien Ducroz and Seb Michaud to make good use of their knowledge. Géraldine Fasnacht will also take part in this team for some jaw-dropping snowboarding and BASE jumping sessions.

New young talent from Chamonix will unite in the Chamonix Youth Riders team. Expect nothing less than a surprise especially with BASE jumper Jean-Noel Itzstein’s participation. These natives are used to the terrain in all types of weather conditions.

Finally, Ride the Planets, winner of the first summer edition of the Outdoor Games in 2005 will try to repeat their achievement. While Soul Flyers members Loïc Jean-Albert and Antoine Montant will be up in the air, Enak Gavaggio and Lolo Besse will ride along the slopes of Mont-Blanc. Philippe Magnin and Christophe Dumarest will climb up the summits.

Who will win the ‘GoldenPeak’ trophy? Find out on Saturday, 16 February, when the jury will announce winners. Get over to Chamonix to enjoy four incredible days of pure action…


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