Alex Deibold at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Canyons Resort. (USSA/Sarah Brunson)
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 22) – The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and USANA Skicross returns for a third year to Canyons Resort Feb. 25- Mar. 2 featuring Olympian and two-time X Games medalist Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI) and 2011 SBX National Champion and Canyons athlete Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, MA). Skicross will feature World Cup winner Jon Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) and World Cup podium athlete Joe Swensson (Killington, VT). The weekend will be televised on NBC and the NBC Sports Network, plus live coverage of both finals on the USSA Network.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and USANA Skicross tour heads to Canyons Resort Feb. 25- Mar. 2 featuring snowboardcross and skicross.
The skicross and snowboardcross events are FIS NorAm sanctioned events allowing athletes to gain valuable points for the FIS ranking list.
Top snowboardcross athletes include two-time Olympic Champion Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME) and two-time X Games medalist Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI).
The FIS NorAm will crown the National Champion where Faye Gulini (Salt Lake City, UT) and Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA) will be looking to defend their titles.
Be sure to watch out for 2011 National Champion Jonathan Cheever (Saugus, MA) looking to take back his title.
Skicross star and World Cup winner John Teller (Mammoth Lakes, CA) and World Cup podium athlete Joe Swensson (Killington, VT) will be racing and looking to get on the podium.
The North Face Junior Jam will take place after Snowboardcross finals on Saturday at the base of Canyons from 2pm-3pm.
Both finals will be live streamed on the USSA Network and the event will be broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network.
USANA U.S. FREESKIING GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE Fri. Mar. 1 – USANA Skicross finals, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MT Sat. Mar. 2 – Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Snowboardcross finals, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MT Sat. Mar. 2. – The North Face Junior Jam, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. MT Sat. Mar. 2 – Free concert featuring Patwa, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. MT
BROADCAST SCHEDULE (times ET) Sun. Mar. 3 – 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. USANA Skicross finals, NBC Sports Network Sat. Mar. 9 - 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, NBC Sun. Mar. 10 - 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, NBC Sports Network Fri. Mar. 1 - 12:00 p.m. – USANA Skicross finals live stream, USSA Network Sat. Mar. 2 - 10:00 a.m. – Sprint U.S. Grand Prix finals live stream, USSA Network
QUOTES Nate Holland I dig competing in domestic events, and the Grand Prix is no exception. I'm always excited to defend a title and will have to race exceptionally well to do so against such a talented pool of shredders. As far a people claiming they're taking the National Title that will have to be settled on course not in the media.
Jonathan Cheever There is going to be heavy talent at the Grand Prix. The U.S. Team alone is difficult enough to battle with and the Canadians are coming down too and Robanske is on fire. The talent has never been deeper. With all that said though, I am out for nothing less than first place and the National Champion trophy.