Burton Riders from Around the World Head to the Olympics

Jan 31, 2006, 00:00 ET from Burton Snowboards

    BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Burton, the world's leading
 snowboard company, is proud to support 18 snowboarders from nine different
 countries as they follow their dreams of an Olympic medal in Italy this
     Burton sponsors five out of the eight American riders competing in the
 Olympic halfpipe contest, including Mason Aguirre, Kelly Clark, Elena Hight,
 Hannah Teter and Shaun White. Japanese Burton riders Kazuhiro Kokubo and
 Takaharu Nakai will both be competing in the Olympic halfpipe contest.
 European Burton riders heading to the Olympics include Iker Fernandez (Spain),
 Frederik Kalbermatten (Switzerland), Paulina Ligocka (Poland), Francesco
 Sandrini (Italy) and Halvor Lunn (Norway). Burton riders Juliane Bray,
 Mitchell Brown and Kendall Brown will represent New Zealand. And Maelle Ricker
 (Canada), Nate Holland (USA) and Drew Neilson (Canada) will be representing
 Burton in the Olympic Boardercross contest.
     "For those riders who choose this path, just making it to the Olympics is
 an impressive accomplishment," says Jake Burton, Founder and Chairman of
 Burton. "We are proud of them here at Burton, and I look forward to watching
 them compete in Bardonecchia."
     During the Olympics, Burton will set up a media room just meters away from
 the bottom of the competition halfpipe, located one hour from Torino in the
 village of Bardonecchia, Italy.
     Media can also find background information on snowboarding, the history of
 the sport, Burton riders and downloadable hi-res photography at
 http://press.burton.com. Access the press site with the username: Olympics06
 password: Torino
     Burton Snowboards is a pure snowboard company solely dedicated to creating
 and perfecting a full range of the best snowboarding equipment and apparel.
 Founded in 1977, Burton has fueled the growth of snowboarding worldwide
 through its team of top snowboarders and successful programs such as Learn To
 Ride (LTR), the Chill Foundation and the Open Snowboarding Championships.
 Privately held and headquartered in Burlington, Vermont with international
 offices in Innsbruck, Austria and Tokyo, Japan, Burton has been the industry
 market share leader since its inception. http://www.burton.com
     Media Contacts:
      Nancy Carlson (323) 397-0624    Caroline Andrew / Laura Anderson
      nancyc@burton.com               (212) 528-1691
                                      candrew@mfaltd.com / landerson@mfaltd.com

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