Snowboarding was the star of the show over the last two weekends of January as Québec City and Stoneham played host to Snowboard Jamboree, an event that featured the 10th edition of the prestigious Mazda Snowboard FIS World Championships presented by Videotron.
It proved to be a success across the board for Corporation Événements d’hiver de Québec, the event manager that put on finals in six snowboarding disciplines, along with a host of amateur activities and cultural events. In all, 432 athletes from 46 countries took part in the competitions and over 300 amateur participants were able to take part in various clinics and Slopestyle and Half-Pipe races.
Thousands of visitors
“Today brings to an end two action-packed weeks and we’re delighted with the event across the board,” said Martial DeRome, president of Corporation Événements d’hiver de Québec. “We have shown International Ski Federation (FIS) that we are capable of putting on a memorable World Championships, not only in terms of technical aspects and logistics, but also in terms of the atmosphere around the races!”
Tens of thousands of people were able to see the world’s top Slopestyle, Big Air, Half-Pipe, Parallel Giant Slalom, Snowboardcross, and Parallel Slalom boarders in action. And we shouldn’t forget the helping hand supplied by over 850 volunteers, who generously gave 14,000 hours of their time to make the event a success, despite the plunging temperatures.
Thrills and spills!
The World Championships served up emotions galore to crowds at each competition. Starting with Spencer O’Brien, who got the ball rolling and earned a gold medal thanks to his aerial tricks and domination on the rails at the Slopestyle event presented by Subway. The darling of the same discipline, Mark McMorris, came second. Meanwhile Québec’s very own Michael Roy took 5th place in the Big Air final presented by Vidéotron at Îlot Fleurie.
And the favorite, local girl Dominique Maltais, was cheered on by the crowd to a second-place finish in the Snowboardcross event presented by S3, with British Columbia’s Maëlle Ricker crowned world champion. Canada~Snowboard president Guy Poupart was delighted to end the Worlds on a high: “The World Championships have been fantastic! Both in terms of the event organization and the high-level competitions on display. Canada’s athletes thrilled us with their performances and four medals. It has proved an excellent springboard to the Sotchi Olympic Games in 2014.”
World Championships Highlights!
ˆ Spencer O’Brien, Slopestyle, brought home Canada’s first gold medal of the event
ˆ Roope Tonteri, Finland, double gold medallist in Slopestyle and Big Air
ˆ Record temperatures as low as –49°C with wind chill
ˆ “I’ve never felt so cold. I don’t know how Quebecers do it. Is it always this cold?”
— Team Australia athlete
ˆ 2,800 hot pads for volunteers’ hands and feet
ˆ 230 international and local media covered the event
ˆ Over 30,000 meters of TV cables
ˆ 9 to 12 TV cameras along the six courses
ˆ Races live on 8 television stations: TVA Sports, Eurosport, TV Tokyo and NHK-Japan, TV Globo-Brazil, ARD-Germany, and NOS Netherlands
ˆ Countries you don’t always see at the FIS Snowboard World Championships: Chile, Georgia, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Peru, Philippines, Romania
FIS and Stoneham delighted
For this 10th edition of the Snowboard World Championships, FIS drew positive conclusions from the competitions. Uwe Beier, FIS race director for snowboarding, worked closely with the organizing committee: “We are extremely satisfied with the organization of these 10th FIS Snowboard World Championships. Everyone involved—from the organizing committee and the host federation to the volunteers—was remarkable in bringing about this superb event.
We were up against some difficult weather conditions before and during the first week as rain turned to freezing temperatures, and we would like to thank the crowds who braved the cold to cheer on the athletes. We were able to enjoy the sport at its highest level, in good though sometimes difficult conditions, as the world’s top competitors put on a show. It is always pleasing to see winners earn their titles and bring home honors and medals.”
Once again the success of this impressive event was made possible thanks to the involvement of Stoneham Mountain Resort, as welcoming as ever for a 9th edition of the festival. Daniel Rochon, VP and general manager for RCR in Eastern Canada described a week on the mountain:
“We are delighted to have welcomed the world’s best snowboarders to our mountain for this incredible event, and we hope that people living in the Greater Québec City Area enjoyed this major event right on our doorstep! We also hope it inspired the snowboarders of tomorrow and would like to congratulate Corporation Événements d’hiver de Québec and Gestev for the exceptional organization, as always.”
A record edition for Fashion Jam
The 7th edition of Fashion Jam presented by Tremblay Beer also beat all records, with close to 2,400 fashionistas gathering at the Québec City Convention Center on January 18 to kick off the World Championships’ cultural program.
The biggest urban fashion show in Canada, Fashion Jam has become one of Québec City’s must-see events. With a newly designed catwalk bringing the audience even closer to the action, the event featured an extraordinary blend of fashion, music, and multimedia presentations for a happening atmosphere. Visit http://vimeo.com/57894047 to see the highlights from Fashion Jam 2013.
Opening ceremony: a night to remember
Held right before the Big Air final presented by Vidéotron at Îlot fleurie, the FIS Snowboard World Championships opening ceremony wowed as it presented athletes from the 46 nations involved. A new twist on Canada’s national anthem, all-new lighting effects, multimedia projections, and fireworks all helped get the sporting side of things underway.
After the Big Air final, the crowds took in the MOVIE edition of the new Stairsmasters presented by Tremblay Beer, which this year saw Frank Bourgeois take first prize—and $10,000 cash—in the professional category, while Mammouth Durette, William Demers, and Jason Dubois won respectively the Tremblay prize (for the most views on the Stairsmasters microsite), the Mazda prize (for the best director), and the Vidéotron prize (for the most SMS votes). Once the prizes were handed over, Canadian rapper Classified took to the stage to warm up the crowd with his greatest hits.
For athletes of all stripes
As well as putting on competitions for professional snowboarders, the organizing committee is also keen to get young athletes involved by organizing amateur competitions presented by Chocolate Milk in collaboration with S3. Mountain in the City let young people give the sport a try for themselves, with Burton and Stoneham Mountain Resort making the whole thing possible by lending equipment and coaches to welcome the school groups. Kinky Rail Jam—an event for and by girls—amateur competitions, and Slopestyle and Half-Pipe clinics all helped over 300 kids get a taste for pushing themselves hard and developing healthy lifestyles.
About Snowboard Jamboree
In 2013, Snowboard Jamboree hosted for the very first time the 10th Mazda Snowboard FIS World Championships presented by Videotron. Back for a stop on the World Cup circuit, the snowboard festival will return to Stoneham Mountain Resort and downtown Québec City from January 14 to 19, 2014.
Corporation Événements d’hiver de Québec has tasked Gestev with putting on the international event. Gestev is an avant-garde event management company that has specialized in sports and cultural events in the Québec City area since 1992. It is a certified responsible event manager (BNQ 9700-253). www.snowjamboree.com.