Lake Placid, N.Y. - American skiers Hannah Kearney (Norwich, Vt.) and Ashley Caldwell (Hamilton, Va.) will try to defend their World Cup crowns when the FIS Freestyle World Cup returns to Lake Placid, N.Y. and Whiteface Mountain, in Wilmington, N.Y., Jan. 19-21. Lake Placid is one of only five U.S. sites selected to host a World Cup event this season. Action begins Thursday, Jan. 19, at Whiteface, when Kearney begins defense of her moguls' World Cup crown and France's Guilbault Colas tries to hold off a deep men's field and capture his second World Cup win on the mountain's Wilderness Trail. Competition on 240-meter long course begins at 9:15 a.m. with the women's qualifications, followed by the men's qualifications at 11:35 a.m. The women's semi-finals are scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. and the men's semis start at 2:20 p.m. The medal rounds start at 2:40 p.m. for the women and eight minutes later men's finals is slated to begin. Action will move over to the Olympic jumping complex both Friday and Saturday night, for two exciting evenings of aerial competitions. The 18-year-old Caldwell, a 2010 Olympian, will begin defense of her World Cup title, when she and the rest of the international field twist, flip, summersault and soar into the evening skies, some as high as 60-feet. The fun begins both nights 7 p.m. In addition to the exciting action, there will be bonfires, music, giveaways and plenty of food and drinks provided by Centerplate. Saturday's jumping will also conclude with a fireworks display. Tickets to the aerial competitions are $15 for adults and $9 for juniors and seniors. A lift ticket and skis are required to view the mogul events Whiteface. For more information about the FIS Freestyle World Cup, log on to http://www.whiteface.com/events/freestyle.php. For more information about ORDA and the Olympic venues, log visit http://www.whitefacelakeplacid.com/. Media Advisory: A media credential request form for the FIS Freestyle World Cup and other credential request forms can be found at http://www.whiteface.com/media/cred.php. Media wanting to cover the event should complete the form and return it to Jon Lundin, ORDA public relations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, fax 518-523-9275.
###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 speedskating oval, Olympic 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. CONTACT: Jon Lundin, ORDA public relations coordinator, (email@example.com) at (518) 523-1655 ext. 5313