nature-valley-freestyle-logo.jpgRoad to Vancouver Continues to Make its Way through Lake Placid Lake Placid, N.Y. - The Nature Valley Freestyle World Cup will be making its way back to Lake Placid, N.Y. and Whiteface Mountain, where competition begins, Thursday, Jan. 21, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 24. The four-day event, at both Whiteface and the Olympic jumping complex, will feature mogul racing, nighttime aerial competitions, and getting ready for its Olympic debut, February, in Vancouver, Canada, ski cross... which will also be making its second appearance the East Coast. As the 2010 Vancouver Games draw closer, the competition between athletes for slots on the Olympic teams will becoming more intense. The 2010 Nature Valley Lake Placid Freestyle World Cup event will carry more weight than usual for these international athletes. The deadline for submitting freestyle team rosters to the International Olympic Committee is Sunday, Jan. 24, making this event the final opportunity for many of these competitors to qualify for their respective Olympic teams. Mogul racers, aerialists and ski racers will need to perform well at this event to earn the points they need to solidify their positions and move on to the 2010 Winter games. The 2010 U.S. freestyle team is loaded with talent and will be headed up by nine Olympians and reigning World aerials champion Ryan St. Onge. The American lineup also includes Patrick Deneen, a 2006 Olympian and 2009 World Cup moguls champion, as well as Hannah Kearney, the 2008 U.S. aerials champion and 2006 Olympian. For more information on the Nature Valley Freestyle World Cup event, log on to http://www.whiteface.com/events/freestyle/index.php, or visit http://www.whitefacelakeplacid.com/. Also, don't forget to sign up for athlete updates and Whiteface Lake Placid promotions. Throughout this Olympic year we will be watching our athletes closely and when they perform well, everybody wins. For more information, log on to http://www.whiteface.com/athletes.php.

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About ORDA Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface and Gore Mountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic ice and jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development.