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Reimer, Switzer, Kelly and Chapman battle in the rain soaked 2010 Newton’s Nation Final. Photo Pierre Gamby

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2011 IGSA WORLD CUP SERIES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Jun 29-Jul 3

Maryhill Festival of Speed

Goldendale, WA, United States

Jul 20-23

Kozakov Challenge

Kozakov, Czech Republic

Jul 29-31

Insul Cup 2011

Insul, Germany

Aug 5-Aug 7

Padova Grand Prix

Teolo, Italy

Sep 2-4

Winsport Canada Cup

Calgary, Canada

Oct 28-30

Copa de los Andes Tarma

Tarma, Peru

Nov 4-6

Malarrara Pro Teutonia

Teutonia, Brazil

Nov 25-27

Mt Keira Challenge

Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Dec 9-11

Hot Heels Africa

Kogelberg, South Africa

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TOP DOWNHILL SKATEBOARDING CONTENDERS

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KEVIN REIMER

Birthday: December 25, 1988 Citizenship: Canadian Resides: Vancouver, BC, Canada World Cup Victories: 6

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PATRICK SWITZER

Birthday: July 14, 1987 Citizenship: Canadian Resides: Vancouver, BC, Canada World Cup Victories: 2

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World Cup Victories: 1

World Cup Victories: 2

World Cup Victories: 5

World Cup Victories: 0

“The American Dream” only competed in four World Cup events in 2010 yet he was always a contender. He finished second in Australia and in the top 10 at all the rest. Kelly is still looking for his first World Cup win. A win could definitely happen in 2011.

RAMÓN KÖNIGSHAUSEN

Birthday: May 17, 1988 Citizenship: Swiss Resides: Samstagern, Switzerland World Cup Victories: 0

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Scoot had his first ever winless season in 2010. The 2008 World Cup Series Champion and World Champion is hoping to get back to his winning ways. He made some key equipment changes during the off season in an effort to bolster his chances.

JAMES KELLY

Birthday: March 18, 1990 Citizenship: American Resides: Los Angeles, CA USA

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Dalua has proven himself as South America’s top downhill skater. In the past he was always fast on the straight, fast courses but recently he’s also been a contender in the technical races. Silva is focused on the World Championship in Teutonia.

SCOOT SMITH

Birthday: February 11, 1987 Citizenship: Canadian Resides: Madeira Park, BC, Canada

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Christoph just seems to get better with age. Last year he earned his first World Cup victory in Kozakov with a lightning fast qualifying run. The big rider from Switzerland was a contender at each World Cup he entered. Expect the same in 2011.

DOUGLAS SILVA

Birthday: March 11, 1983 Citizenship: Brazilian Resides: Sao Leopoldo, Brazil

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Switzer always races with speed and style. The likeable skater from Canada is always a contender. P-Swiss earned his second career World Cup victory in Padova last year. With Reimer on the sidelines, he could dominate.

CHRISTOPH BATT

Birthday: April 7, 1981 Citizenship: Swiss Resides: Brugg Switzerland

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K-rimes had the dream season in 2010 winning his second World Championship and his first World Cup Series title. He went into 2011 as the favorite to repeat but a severe leg injury sustained in a pre-season race could sideline him for the season.

Ramon is another of those skaters still looking for their first World Cup victory. The 2008 slalom World Champ came close qualifying number one in Italy and making it to the finals only to crash out. A victory could come for him in Germany or Italy.

MISCHO ERBAN

Birthday: September 28, 1983 Citizenship: Canadian/Czech Resides: Vernon, BC, Canada World Cup Victories: 6

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After winning the 2009 Cup Series, Mischo had a disasterous 2010 start averaging 28th place in his first four races. He came roaring back in the final three races with two podiums and the top qualifying spot in Australia. He’s hungry for success in 2011.

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Birthday: September 16, 1988 Citizenship: Canadian Resides: Vancouver, BC, Canada World Cup Victories: 0

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JACKSON SHAPIERA

Birthday: March 23, 1989 Citizenship: Australian Resides: Sydney, Australia World Cup Victories: 0

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World Cup Victories : 0

World Cup Victories: 3

Erik had his best year in 2007 winning the World Cup Series Championship. He’s had a number of solid podium finishes but winless at the World Cup level since 2008. Always popular, everyone would be happy to see Lundberg winning again.

NICOLAS ROBERT

Birthday: January 3, 1991 Citizenship: Swiss Resides: Delémont, Switzerland World Cup Victories: 0

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Stefan Rüefli tends to go about his racing quietly and has a way of sneaking up on his competitors when they least expect it. He’s a solid performer who always seems to be in the thick of things when the race is on the line.

ERIK LUNDBERG

Birthday: April 8, 1987 Citizenship: Swedish Resides: Stockholm, Sweden

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Jacko has consistently been Australia’s number one racer over the past three seasons. His win or crash attitude makes him a crowd favorite. 2010 was plagued by injuries. If he can stay healthy, Shapiera could earn his first World Cup victory.

STEFAN RÜEFLI

Birthday: January 8, 1982 Citizenship: Swiss Resides: Grenchen, Switzerland

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Andrew is amongst the fastest and most aggressive riders in the world. He has multiple podium finishes and a thirst to taste the top spot. Expect to see Chapman charging off the start line with a vengeance. He’s always quick.

Nicolas shocked the estblishment at the Graveyard Call in 2009 when he seemingly came out of nowhere to finish 3rd. In 2010 he proved his performance was no fluke with a number of solid finishes. He could be the next Swiss World Cup star.

COREY LEESON

Leeso first made a name for himself at Newton’s in Birthday: December 21, 1979 2008 as the fastest Aussie and subsequently Citizenship: Australian Resides: Mermaid Beach, Australia getting knocked out cold in a viscious crash during the race. He’s improved steadily over the past few seasons and is always a consistent performer. World Cup Victories: 0

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ROBIN SANDBERG

Birthday: April 9, 1985 Citizenship: Swedish Resides: Oslo, Norway World Cup Victories: 0

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Robin has been making steady progress over the past few seasons. He broke into the top 16 of the World Rankings in 2010. Sandberg lives and breathes downhill skateboarding. Don’t be surprised if you see him in final or two this year.

TOP DOWNHILL SKATEBOARDING CONTENDERS

ANDREW CHAPMAN

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MERRICK WILDASH

Birthday: February 25, 1993 Citizenship: Australian Resides: Tweed Heads, Australia World Cup Victories: 0

Merrick has skills and a keen racing sense well beyond his years. He finished 2010 as the World’s Top ranked Junior (under 18) and had a number of strong Open class finish as well. Could he be Australia’s first World Champion?

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Siegrist is a verteran racer who knows how to hang it out and push when a big race is on the line. His three World Championships (2004, 2006, 2007) are proof of that. He’s still looking to win that elusive World Cup Series Championship.

MIKE ZIETSMAN

Birthday: October 21, 1986 Citizenship: South African Resides: Hout Bay, South Africa World Cup Victories: 2

It’s hard to believe how long Zietsman’s been racing. He finsihed 2nd at Red Bull DHX way back in 2002. Mike rarely travels outside of South Africa anymore but he’s still very fast. He won Hot Heels Africa in 2010 against a strong field of IGSA regulars.

ZAK MAYTUM Birthday: May 21, 1991 Citizenship: American Resides: Boulder, CO, USA World Cup Victories: 1

If Zak ever decided to travel, he’d certainly make a strong run for the Series Championship. Instead he concentrates on the North American rounds where he’s always a contender. Maytum is the defending Maryhill Champ and a Calgary victory is in his sights.

CHRIS CHAPUT Chaput is a skateboarding legend who was a Birthday: April 11, 1961 freestyle World Champ in the 70’s and the IGSA’s Citizenship: American Resides: Huntington Beach, CA, USA 1st DH Skateboarding World Cup Series Champ in 2001. His Abec 11 wheels are the performance benchmark for the industry. Can he win one more? World Cup Victories: 1

SPENCER SMITH Birthday: June 1994 Citizenship: American Resides: Seattle, WA, USA World Cup Victories: 0

Spencer is one of the World’s best Junior racers who will be making his presence known in the Open ranks for years to come. His first big international victory came last summer in Argonnay, France in the Junior II class. Keep an eye on Spencer!

WOLFGANG COLEMAN Birthday: January 1, 1994 Citizenship: Canadian Resides: Vancouver, Canada World Cup Victories: 0

At just 17 years old, Wolfgang is the Eh-Teams go-to guy when it comes to the Junior II Category. Coleman will be the youngest rider on the circuit with a pro model under his feet as he races all season in the fastest growing class in the World.

DILLON STEPHENS

Birthday: September 17, 1988 Citizenship: Canadian Resides: Summerland, Canada World Cup Victories: 0

If last year’s performance is any sort of warning, this season is set to be a strong year for “The Prince”. Dillon’s calculated skill on the race track will surely cause insecurity for those lined up beside him as he travels in search of the World Cup Title in 2011.

KYLE MARTIN Birthday: January 20, 1984 Citizenship: Canadian Resides: Rosedale, Canada World Cup Victories: 0

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Kyle Martin is an absolute shredder who’s humble skills on the race track are no match for his globally recognized freeride skills. If you’re lucky enough to see him in action, sit back, relax and be inspired by what he’s discovered is possible on a skateboard.

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MARTIN SIEGRIST

Birthday: November 19, 1980 Citizenship: Swiss Resides: Liestal, Switzerland


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DOMINIQUE VUKOREP

Birthday: August 1, 1986 Citizenship: Canadian Resides: Vancouver, BC, Canada World Cup Victories: 0

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MARIE BOUGOURD

Birthday: May 8, 1987 Citizenship: French Resides: Lyon, France World Cup Victories: 2

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Lenka’s best finish in 2010 was a second at the Padova Grand Prix. She made steady progress last season and will be looking for more podium finishes and her first win in 2011. Lenka’s most at home on the tight, technical tracks.

KATIE NIELSON

Birthday: June 5, 1987 Citizenship: Canadian Resides: Vancouver BC, Canada World Cup Victories: 1

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Marie burst onto the scene last year by scoring World Cup victories in Italy and the Czech Republic last year. She follows in the foot steps of pioneering French downhill racer Angelina Nobre. She’ll be looking for more victories in 2011.

LENKA SALAČOVÁ

Birthday: February 5, 1988 Citizenship: Czech Resides: Vrchlabí, Czech Republic

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Dominique had a strong season in 2010 highlighted by a second place finish in Brazil. At that event she also set the Official IGSA Women’s Downhill Skateboarding Speed Record at 100.40 km/h (62.39 mph). Expect a great year from Dominique.

Entering her 5th race season, “Skatie Katie” will undoubtedly be a crowd favorite as she makes her first attempt at capturing an IGSA World Cup Title in 2011. Katie favors fast, technical courses where her light weight is an advantage.

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BRIANNE DAVIES RETIRES FROM RACING

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Brianne Davies has decided to retire from racing at the end of the 2010 season. She went out on top by winning her third consecutive IGSA World Championship (2008, 2009, 2010) and her second IGSA World Cup Series Championship (2008, 2010). During Brianne’s career she continually broke down barriers in the male dominated sport. She pushed downhill skateboarding to the limit, often competing in the Open Class and beating many well known male competitors in head to head action. With a total of 10 World Cup race wins, Brianne holds the IGSA record for most downhill skateboarding victories male or female. Brianne still intends on doing lots of freeriding while pursuing a career in firefighting. She will be missed at the race track by many.

DASHA KORNIENKO

Birthday: April 5, 1986 Citizenship: Canadian/Ukranian Resides: Auckland, New Zealand World Cup Victories: 3

After winning the World Cup Series title in 2009, Dasha only ran a limited schedule last year. Dasha is equally at home on the tight tecnhical courses and the fast, straight ones. Born in the Ukraine, Dasha will be battling for victory in every race she enteres.

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Mischo Erban

Sets a New Official IGSA World Speed Record!

130.08 km/h

Photo by Travis Conklin On September 30, 2010, Mischo Erban shattered his own IGSA Downhill Skateboarding World Speed Record. He reached a velocity of 130.08 km/h (80.83 mph) at a secret location in northern Colorado. This speed shattered the previous IGSA record of 113.02 km/h (70.23 mph), which Erban set in 2009. 27-year old Erban, who lives in Vernon, BC, Canada, was the 2009 IGSA World Cup Series Champion, and he has won six World Cup races in his career. That leaves him tied for first place on the all-time victory list with Kevin Reimer, who was the IGSA World Cup Series Champion in 2010 and the IGSA World Champion in 2009 and 2010. Erban set the new Speed Record while testing wheel compounds and hubs for his sponsor, Seismic Skate Systems. In attendance were representatives from Seismic and AEND Industries (which manufactures Seismic wheels), along with a group of Engineering students from Colorado State University and Gary Fluitt, who served as the Official IGSA Representative. The IGSA’s state-of-the-art Tag Heuer timing system was used to record Erban’s speed through a 100-foot speed trap. IGSA Official Gary Fluitt verified (and filmed) the record. “Honestly, we never thought we would hit 130 km/hr.” said Erban. “It was an exploratory effort that surprised us all!” The location has been kept secret to discourage others from riding the road in uncontrolled conditions without proper safety precautions in place.

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MARYHILL FESTIVAL OF SPEED 1st IGSA Jr. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS June 29-July 3, 2011

2010 Winner Zak Maytum sandwiched between Kevin Reimer and Patrick Switzer through Cowzer Corner. Photo Dawn Moisanen

Qualifying Records

DH Skateboard: 2010 Kevin Reimer (CAN) 3:06.424 Women’s DH Skateboard: 2009 Brianne Davies (CAN) 3:15.193 Street Luge: 2009 Andy Lally (USA) 3:01.908 Classic Luge: 2009 Andy Lally (USA) 3:11.802

2010 Winners

DH Skateboard: Zak Maytum (USA) Women’s Skateboard: Brianne Davies (CAN) Street Luge: Andy Lally (USA) Classic Luge: Teolo, Italy is theAndy host Lally city of(USA) the Padova Grand Prix located about 100 km west of Venice. The track has two distinctly partsinwith a straight, The Maryhill Festival of Speed returns for its’different fifth running 2011. The race always close, hard racing. Zak Maytum wonracing the fast course upper half, andencourages a tight, twisty lower half. Skaters with slalom 2010 event in a close duel over Kevin Reimer. With Reimer out of action experience have figured out that they can “pump” their boards to generate due to speed an injury, it will be interesting to see who willyear, be putting pressure more when exiting the tight hairpins. Last formerthe slalom World on Maytum. Two-time winner Scoot Smith will definitely be a contender. Champion Ramon Konigshausen dominated qualifying and the race by Mischo Erban and James Kelly have both finished second here previously using the “pump” to his perfection. Unfortunately for Ramon, he let victory and will be looking to win North America‘s most prestigious downhill race. slip from his grasp when in the final. Switzer Abec 11 has stepped up he as crashed the title sponsor andPatrick the total prize took pursefull advantageto of Konigshausen’s mistake to earn hiscourse second career World increased $10,000. Maryhill isn’t the most difficult in the world to ride, a fast line,seeking posessing good drafting skills strong physical Cup but win.finding Ramon will be redemption in 2011.

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TRACK FACTS Course Length: 3.5 km (2.2 mi) Top Speed: 75 km/h (47 mph)

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Mischo Erban will be focused on winning in his native Czech Republic. Photo Sven von Schlachta

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DH Skateboard: 2010 Christoph Batt (SUI) 2:24.365 Women’s DH Skateboard: 2009 Dasha Kornienko (CAN) 2:46.550 Street Luge: 2010 Luca Santolamazza 2:10.119 Classic Luge: 2010 Michael Serek 2:20.611

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KOZAKOV CHALLENGE Kozakov, Czech Republic

2010 Winners

DH Skateboard: Christoph Batt (SUI) Women’s Skateboard: Marie Bougourd (FRA) Street Luge: Luca Santolamazza (ITA) Classic Luge: Michael Serek (AUT) Kozakov has quickly gained the reputation as the best race in Europe. The track is a supreme test for even the most accomplished riders with its’ incredible combination of both tight, technical corners, fast sweepers and high-speed straights. Christoph Batt earned his first World Cup victory last year by setting the fastest qualifying time and then watching the rain wash out the rest of the weekend. Batt will go into the race as the favorite but expect strong challenges from Switzer, Shapiera, Chapman, Siegrist and especially Erban who would like nothing more than to win a World Cup in his native Czech Republic.

TRACK FACTS Course Length: 3.4 km (2.1 mi) Top Speed: 97 km/h (60 mph)

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Martin Siegrist headed to victory at Insul Cup 2010. Photo: Alex Frischauf

Qualifying Records

DH Skateboard: 2010 Christoph Batt (SUI) 2:29.171 Women’s DH Skateboard: 2010 Brianne Davies (CAN) 2:42.120 Street Luge: 2010 Yvon Labarthe 2:26.798 Classic Luge: 2010 Michael Serek 2:27.843

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DH Skateboard: Martin Siegrist (SUI) Women’s Skateboard: Brianne Davies (CAN) Street Luge: Yvon Labarthe (SUI) Classic Luge: Michael Serek (AUT)

After hosting a very successful 2010 European Championship, the Insul Cup is back as a World Cup in 2011. The track is located in the Eifel Mountains of Western Germany not far from the famed Nurburgring. It features five hairpin corners that challenge even the most technically savvy riders. Martin Siegrist won a hard fought Final over Christoph Batt, Ramon Konigshausen and Mischo Erban last year. Expect another dog fight between those four and many others in 2011. This is a race that is very difficult to pick a favorite. One of the local German skaters like Boris Schinke or Alex Dietz could easily make it to the finals and pull off a surprise victory.

TRACK FACTS Course Length: 2.1 km (1.3 mi) Top Speed: 70 km/h (45 mph)

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PADOVA GRAND PRIX August 5-7, 2011

Patrick Switzer leads Douglas Silva and Christoph Batt in last years Padova Grand Prix final. Photo Pierre Gamby

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DH Skateboard: 2009 Martin Siegrist (SUI) 1:58.276 Women’s DH Skateboard: 2009 Dasha Kornienko (CAN) 2:14.519 Street Luge: 2009 Peter Eliot (GBR) 1:58.053 Classic Luge: 2009 Michael Serek (AUT) 2:00.339

PADOVA GRAND PRIX Teolo, Italy

DH Skateboard: Patrick Switzer (CAN) Women’s Skateboard: Marie (FRA) Street Luge: Yvon Labarthe (SUI) Classic Luge: Craig Deltour (FRA) Teolo, Italy is the host city of the Padova Grand Prix located about 100 km west of Venice. The track has two distinctly different parts with a straight, fast upper half, and a tight, twisty lower half. Skaters with slalom racing experience have figured out that they can “pump” their boards to generate more speed when exiting the tight hairpins. Last year, former slalom World Champion Ramon Konigshausen dominated qualifying and the race by using the “pump” to his perfection. Unfortunately for Ramon, he let victory slip from his grasp when he crashed in the final. Patrick Switzer took full advantage of Konigshausen’s mistake to earn his second career World Cup win. Ramon will be seeking redemption in 2011.

TRACK FACTS Course Length: 1.6 km (1.0 mi) Top Speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)

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Kevin Reimer (pictured) and Mischo Erban are tied for first on the all-time win list.

The IGSA was the sanctioning body and sport organizer of the 1997-2001 X Games Street Luge competitions.

X Games III

June 18-23, 1997 Oceanside, California, United States Super Mass Luge (6-Man) Gold Chris Ponseti Silver Biker Sherlock Bronze Rat Sult

United States United States United States

Mass Luge (4-man) Gold Biker Sherlock United States Gold Dennis Derammelaere United States Bronze Lee Dansie United States Dual Luge (2-Man) Gold Biker Sherlock United States Gold Dennis Derammelaere United States Bronze Darren Lott United States

X Games IV

June 17-21, 1998 San Diego, California, United States Super Mass Luge (6-Man) Gold Rat Sult Silver Bob Pereyra Bronze Todd Lehr

United States United States United States

Michael Serek has the most Series Championships & race wins in any catagory.

X Games V

June 25-27, 1999 San Francisco, California, United States Super Mass Luge (6-Man) Gold Dave Rogers Silver Biker Sherlock Bronze Sean Slate

United States United States United States

Dual Luge (2-Man) Gold Dennis Derammelaere United States Silver Lee Dansie United States Bronze Biker Sherlock United States

X Games VI

August 11-13, 2000 San Francisco, CA, United States Super Mass Luge (6-Man) Gold Bob Pereyra Silver Lee Dansie Bronze John Rogers

United States United States United States

Dual Luge (2-Man) Gold Bob Ozman Silver Wade Sokol Bronze Bob Pereyra

United States United States United States

King of the Hill Gold Dennis Derammelaere United States

X Games VII

August 10-12, 2001 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Mass Luge (4-Man) Gold Rat Sult Silver Sean Slate Bronze Steve Fernando

United States United States United States

Dual Luge (2-Man) Gold Biker Sherlock Silver Stefan Wagner Bronze Dave Auld

United States United States United States

Super Mass Luge (6-Man) Gold Brent DeKeyser Silver Dave Rogers Bronze Dave Auld

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King of the Hill Gold Dennis Derammelaere United States

WOMEN’S DH SKATEBOARD IGSA WORLD CUP SERIES CHAMPIONS Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005

Name Brianne Davies Dasha Kornienko Brianne Davies Sarah Hodel Bettina Luginbuhl Bettina Luginbuhl

Nationality Canada Canada Canada Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland

IGSA WORLD CHAMPIONS Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003

Name Brianne Davies Brianne Davies Brianne Davies Jolanda Vogler Jolanda Vogler Angelina Nobre Angelina Nobre Anne Semay

Nationality Canada Canada Canada Switzerland Switzerland France France France

IGSA WORLD CUP RACE WINNERS Name Brianne Davies Angelina Nobre Dasha Kornienko Marie Bougourd Bettina Luginbuhl Jolanda Vogler Christie Alexio Kristina Engstrand Uta Hang Anne Harding Sarah Hodel Katie Neilson Holly Weiss

Nationality Canada France Canada France Switzerland Switzerland Brazil Sweden Germany Canada Switzerland Canada United States

Wins 10 4 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

IGSA WORLD SPEED RECORD Dominique Vukorep 100.40 km/h (62.39 mph) November 13, 2010 Teutonia, Brazil

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DOWNHILL SKATEBOARD

STREET LUGE

IGSA WORLD CUP SERIES CHAMPIONS

IGSA WORLD CUP SERIES CHAMPIONS

IGSA WORLD CUP SERIES CHAMPIONS

Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001

Name Kevin Reimer Mischo Erban Scoot Smith Erik Lundberg Fredrik Lindstrom Thomas Edstrand Bassi Haller Stuart Bradburn Werner Bucherl Chris Chaput

Nationality Canada Canada Canada Sweden Sweden Canada Germany South Africa Austria United States

IGSA WORLD CHAMPIONS Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

Name Kevin Reimer Kevin Reimer Scoot Smith Martin Siegrist Martin Siegrist Cedric Burel Martin Siegrist Clement Cane Yvon Labarthe

Nationality Canada Canada Switzerland Canada South Africa Sweden France France France Canada Sweden Brazil Canada Switzerland South Africa Switzerland United States United States Canada United States Sweden Germany United States United States Switzerland United States Switzerland United States United States Switzerland

Nationality Great Britain Switzerland South Africa France Switzerland United States United States South Africa Great Britain United States

IGSA WORLD CHAMPIONS

Nationality Canada Canada Canada Switzerland Switzerland Canada Switzerland France Switzerland

IGSA WORLD CUP RACE WINNERS Name Mischo Erban Kevin Reimer Martin Siegrist Scoot Smith Stuart Bradburn Erik Lundberg Manu Antuna Cedric Burel Clement Carne Thomas Edstrand Fredrik Lindstrom Douglas Silva Patrick Switzer Aki Von Glasow Mike Ziestman Christoph Batt Chris Chaput Brent DeKeyser Niko Desmarais Darryl Freeman Matthias Goransson Bassi Haller Gary Hardwick Rick Kludy Yvon Labarthe Zak Maytum Andreas Pfander Louis Pilloni Noah Sakamoto Raffael Schaffner

Name Peter Eliot Yvon Labarthe Leander Lacey Sebastian Tournissac Beni Weber David Dean Rian James Richard Knaggs Peter Eliot Dave Rogers

CLASSIC LUGE

Wins 6 6 5 5 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

Name Luca Santolamazza Nick Duffield Matthias Lang Gauthier DeKyndt Loic Zaccaro David Dean Leander Lacey Brent DeKeyser Olivier Wagner

Nationality South Africa United States Great Britain United States Australia Switzerland United States United States Germany United States Germany United States United States Italy France Switzerland France Brazil France Netherlands United States Great Britain United States United States Great Britain South Africa Great Britain

Nationality Austria Austria Austria Austria Switzerland United States United States Great Britain Great Britain United States

IGSA WORLD CHAMPIONS

Nationality Italy Australia Germany France France United States South Africa United States Switzerland

IGSA WORLD CUP RACE WINNERS Name Leander Lacey Brent DeKeyser Peter Eliot David Dean Nick Duffield Yvon Labarthe Andy Lally Dave Rogers Eugen Forschner John Fryer Matthias Lang Mike McIntyre John Rogers Luca Santolamazza Sebastian Tournissac Olivier Wagner Loic Zaccaro Denis Araujo Gauthier DeKyndt Edgar DeWit Kurtis Head Richard Hodkinson Rian James Jeremy Kahn Richerd Knaggs Russel Naude William Stephenson

Name Michael Serek Michael Serek Michael Serek Michael Serek Beni Weber David Dean Rian James Jeremy Gilder Jeremy Gilder Dave Rogers

Wins 9 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Year 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002

Name Michael Serek Andy Lally Michael Serek Jonathan Blottier Loic Zaccaro David Dean Gregory Martin Michael Serek Leander Lacey

Nationality Austria United States Austria France France United States France Austria South Africa

IGSA WORLD CUP RACE WINNERS Name Michael Serek Andy Lally Leander Lacey John Fryer David Dean Jeremy Gilder Chris McBride Riley Meehan Russel Naude Dave Rogers Sebastian Tournissac Beni Weber Jonathan Blottier Kevin Bouaich Craig Deltour John Fritz Robert Huber Yvon Labarthe Darren Lott Alexandre Machado Abdil Mahdzan Gregory Martin Konstantin Weigl Loic Zaccaro

Nationality Austria United States South Africa United States United States Great Britain United States United States South Africa United States France Switzerland France Switzerland France Canada Switzerland Switzerland United States Brazil Malaysia France Austria France

Wins 13 6 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

IGSA WORLD SPEED RECORD

IGSA WORLD SPEED RECORD

IGSA WORLD SPEED RECORD

Mischo Erban 130.08 km/h (80.83 mph) September 30, 2010 Colorado, United States

Walter Ribeiro 133.82 km/h (83.15 mph) November 13, 2010 Teutonia, Brazil

Chris McBride 122.97 km/h (76.41 mph) October 24, 2010 Teutonia, Brazil

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Winsport Canada Cup September 2-4, 2011

Casey Morrow, Dillon Stephens and David Price race down the Canada Olympic Park track. Photo Winsport Canada

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Qualifying Records

2010 Winners

DH Skateboard: Not Contested Women’s Skateboard: Not Contested Street Luge: Not Contested Classic Luge: Not Contested Teolo, Italy is the host city of the Padova Grand Prix located about 100 km west of Venice. The track has two distinctly different parts with a straight, The Winsport Canada Cup is an all new event being run on the access road fast upper half, and a tight, twisty lower half. Skaters with slalom racing of the bobsled run at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. The track itself is experience have figured out that they can “pump” their boards to generate wide smooth and challenging with a series of sweeping and hairpin corners more speed when exiting Athe tight hairpins. slalom World linked by short straights. chairlift will whiskLast the year, ridersformer to the top efficiently Champion Ramon Konigshausen dominated qualifying and theracing race for by so no transport buses will be required. The competitors will be their of a $12,000 purse making the Canada for Cup one of he thelet richest of usingshare the “pump” to his perfection. Unfortunately Ramon, victory the year. Spectators will be able to catch all the action up and down the slip from his grasp when he crashed in the final. Patrick Switzer took full course on a series of big screens ensuring non-stop action. The whole advantage of Konigshausen’s mistake to earn his second career World event will have a festival atmosphere with live bands, DJ’s, beer gardens Cup win. Ramon will be seeking redemption in 2011.

TRACK FACTS Course Length: 1.5 km (.9mi) Top Speed: 90 km/h (56mph)

and a demo village making it one of the world’s best gravity sports events.

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Copa de los Andes Tarma October 28-30, 2011

Douglas Silva out in the lead on his way to winning last years South American Championship in Tarma, Peru. Photo Barbara Britvin

Qualifying Records

DH Skateboard: 2010 Douglas Silva (BRA) 3:03.440 Women’s DH Skateboard: 2010 Mariza Nunes (PER) 3:39.730 Street Luge: Not established Classic Luge: Not established

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DH Skateboard: Douglas Silva (BRA) Women’s Skateboard: Mariza Nunes (PER) Street Luge: Not Contested Classic Luge: Not Contested Teolo, Italy is the host city of the Padova Grand Prix located about 100 km west Venice. Theonly track has sanctioned two distinctly different with America a straight, Priorofto 2010, the IGSA events heldparts in South took fast upper half, and a tight, twisty lower half. with Skaters with slalom racinglos place in Brazil. That all changed last year the debut of the Hotel Portales Tarma South American Championship held boards in the to citygenerate of Tarma, experience have figured out that they can “pump” their Peru. Located in the MountainsLast at an elevation approximately more speed whenhigh exiting theAndes tight hairpins. year, formerofslalom World 3000m (9850’), the track and the event were an immediate hit with over 60 Champion Ramon Konigshausen dominated qualifying and the race by competitors racing in the inaugural event . For 2011 the event the has gained using the “pump” to his perfection. Unfortunately for Ramon, he let victory World Cup status and the name has been changed to the Copa de los Andes. slip from his grasp when he the crashed in theare final. Patrick Switzer took full With a year of experience, organizers ready for the world to descend advantage of Konigshausen’s mistake to earn Silva his second careerbattle World on the “Pearl of the Andes.” Last year Douglas won a tough over Kevin in the Expectredemption more of theinsame Cup win.Reimer Ramon will final. be seeking 2011.when most of the IGSA’s

TRACK FACTS Course Length: 2.9 km (1.8 mi) Top Speed: 85 km/h (53 mph)

top competitors race it out in the final event before the World Championships.

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Malarrara Pro Teutonia 10th IGSA World Championships November 4-6, 2011

Kevin Reimer leads Douglas Silva through the high speed sweeper in the 2010 Finals. Photo Francisco Urbistondo

Qualifying Records

Teutonia, Brazil

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DH Skateboard: 2009 Douglas Silva (BRA) 1:17.723 Women’s DH Skateboard: 2010 Brianne Davies (CAN) 1:39.280 Street Luge: 2010 Jades Wolverine (BRA) 1:16.032 Classic Luge: 2010 Alexandre Machado (BRA) 1:21.030

2010 Winners

DH Skateboard: Kevin Reimer (CAN) Women’s Skateboard: Brianne Davies (CAN) Street Luge: Jades Wolverine (BRA) Classic Luge: Alexandre Machado (BRA) Teolo, Italy is the host city of the Padova Grand Prix located about 100 km Teutonia is the fastest gravity race track in theparts worldwith anda one that west of Venice. The track hassports two distinctly different straight, instills fear in competitors unlike any other. The track has gradual corners in fast upper half, and a tight, twisty lower half. Skaters with slalom racing the upper section where the competitors continually accelerate. At the big experience have figured out that they can “pump” their boards to generate mid track sweeper, they’re doing about 90km/h (53 mph). From this point, the more speed when theincreses tight hairpins. year, slalom accelWorld bottom drops out as exiting the grade to overLast 10%. Theformer skateboards Champion Ramon Konigshausen dominated qualifying and130 thekm/h race(81 by erate to speeds in excess of 115 km/h (72 mph) and the luges mph) to thetofinish. The pavement has slightfor ripples which ampliusingheading the “pump” his perfection. Unfortunately Ramon, heare let victory fied by the high speeds adding to the craziness that is Teutonia. Three-time slip from his grasp when he crashed in the final. Patrick Switzer took full winner KevinofReimer describes mistake it as a straight, technical All the top advantage Konigshausen’s to earn his secondhill. career World competitors will be converging on Teutonia for the 10th IGSA World ChampiCup win. Ramon will be seeking redemption in 2011.

TRACK FACTS Course Length: 2.0 km (1.2 mi) Top Speed: 113 km/h (70 mph)

onships. It promises to be a high speed duel from start to finish.

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After finishing third overall in 2010 WCS Points, Christoph Batt will be a top contender for victory in Australia. Photo Pierre Gamby

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MOUNT KEIRA CHALLENGE Wollongong, NSW, Australia

2010 Winners

DH Skateboard: Not Contested Women’s Skateboard: Not Contested Street Luge: Not Contested Classic Luge: Not Contested Teolo, Italy is the host city of the Padova Grand Prix located about 100 km Newton’s Nation in track Bathurst slated to host World west of Venice. The hashad twooriginally distinctlybeen different parts withana IGSA straight, Cup event for the fourth time in 2011. The mega festival in Bathurst was hurt fast upper half, and a tight, twisty lower half. Skaters with slalom racing by poor attendance due to less than ideal scheduling. The organizers feel a experience have figured out that they can “pump” their boards to generate Fall date will prove to be much more attractive so students from the nearby more speed will when theattend. tight hairpins. Last year,have former slalom to World university beexiting able to The organizers decided take a Champion Konigshausen dominated qualifying and the by one-year Ramon hiatus with Newton’s Nation returning in April 2012. Therace Australian Skateboard Racing Association (ASRA) has stepped in to save the using the “pump” to his perfection. Unfortunately for Ramon, he let victoryday. Wollongong, which is a coastal city 1.5 hrsfinal. southPatrick of Sydney will play slip from his grasp when he crashed in the Switzer tookhost full to the Mount Keira Challenge. It's a twisty course with fast sweeping corners advantage of Konigshausen’s mistake to earn his second career World and enough gradient and natural obstacles to keep it interesting for everyCup win. Ramon will be seeking redemption in 2011.

TRACK FACTS Course Length: 1.8 km (1.1 mi) Top Speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)

one. This event is still awaiting final confirmation as we go to press.

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HOT HEELS AFRICA December 9-11, 2011

Mischo Erban leads Ramon Konigshausen and Stefan Ruefli at Hot Heels Africa 2010. Photo Sharon La Grange

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DH Skateboard: 2009 Mischo Erban (CAN) 1:49.580 Women’s DH Skateboard: 2009 Dasha Kornienko (CAN) 2:02.870 Street Luge: 2008 Russel Naude (RSA) 1:42.830 Classic Luge: 2010 Russel Naude (RSA) 1:47.410

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HOT HEELS AFRICA Kogelberg, South Africa

2010 Winners

DH Skateboard: Mike Zietsman (RSA) Women’s Skateboard: Not Contested Street Luge: Peter Eliot (GBR) Classic Luge: (RSA) Grand Prix located about 100 km Teolo, Italy is theRussel host cityNaude of the Padova west of Venice. The track has two distinctly different parts with a straight, Hot Heels Africa returns for the eighth consecutive year as the IGSA World fast Series upper half, and a tight, Skaters with slalom racing Cup Finale. The eventtwisty is heldlower in thehalf. Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve experience have figured outisthat can “pump” boards to generate near Cape Town. Summer justthey beginning in the their Southern Hemisphere during early December sothe those live in Last colder climates more speed when exiting tightwho hairpins. year, formeralways slalomenjoy World the trip to Cape Town. Throughout the years many championships have Champion Ramon Konigshausen dominated qualifying the knows race by been decided in Kogelberg. Local Mike Zietsman showedand he still how to reach the top of the podium by winning last year. Ramon Konigusing the “pump” to his perfection. Unfortunately for Ramon, he let victory shausen equaled his career best performance by finishing second while slip from his grasp when he crashed in the final. Patrick Switzer took full Mischo Erban continued his late season surge by finishing third. With the advantage of fifth Konigshausen’s to earn second World addition of the race to each mistake racers points total,his expect the career 2011 World Cup Series to be decided in South Africa. The South African Gravity Cup win. Ramon will be seeking redemption in 2011.

TRACK FACTS Course Length: 1.9 km (1.2 mi) Top Speed: 80 km/h (50 mph)

Sports Association (SAGRA) always puts on a great show in Kogelberg.

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GRAVITY SPORTS EXPLAINED DOWNHILL SKATEBOARDING

Photo Bob Ozman

Competitors stand upright on longboards and ride in an aerodynamic “tuck” position at speeds in excess of 110 km/h (68 mph). Downhill Skateboarding is also known as “Speedboarding” and “Stand up”. The skater’s hands are used as outriggers to help maintain balance and stability. Hard plastic pucks are attached to the gloves so the hands can be placed on the pavement incurring only minimal friction. Braking is accomplished by either dragging a foot on the ground, or pitching the skateboard sideways in a controlled slide. Decks are typically 34”- 48” in length and constructed from materials including wood, carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass, lightnweight metals and structural foam. Racing trucks are typically machined or cast aluminum. Wheels are typically 70-90mm in diameter and made from polyurethane to provide low rolling resistance, vibration dampening and traction.

STREET LUGE

Photo: Francisco Urbistondo

After first being pioneered in the 1970’s at the Signal Hill Downhill skateboard race, “Laydown” remained underground for nearly two decades, ESPN adopted the sport for the inaugural 1995 X Games and renamed it “Street Luge.” Competitors lay in the supine position and control the oversize skateboard by leaning their bodies. Braking is accomplished by dragging the shoe soles on the pavement. Street luge’s are highly sophisticated vehicles constructed from a variety of materials including carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass, aluminum, titanium, steel, structural foam, and other exotic materials. Between two and four trucks are typically used. Four to eight polyurethane wheels that are typically 70-90mm in diameter provide low rolling resistance, vibration dampening and traction.

CLASSIC LUGE

Photo: Alex Frischauf

In the late 80’s a group of Austrian snowboarding enthusiasts began sitting on their skateboards and riding down from the Kaurnatal Resort after a day of snowboarding. Over time their hobby grew into a fully organized race known as Hot Heels Kaurnatal. This is how Classic Luge or “Buttboarding” got its‘ start. To maintain the spirit of those early days, Classic Luge is the most restricted IGSA racing category. Boards must be constructed of wood and wheels cannot exceed 70mm in diameter. The trucks must be commercially available. The idea behind Classic Luge is to keep technology minimal so that the rider skill is the determining factor. Top speeds in Classic Luge tend to be only marginally slower than those achieved in Street Luge.

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Reimer’s Dominant Year

by Marcus Rietema

Kevin “K-Rimes” Reimer dominated the IGSA’s 10th World Cup season unlike anyone before him. Out of the eight races, each competitors four best finishes were counted toward their final points tally. Of the six World Cup races Reimer competed in, he had four victories in Germany, France, Brazil and Australia giving him a perfect score of 1800 points. In the other two races he finished second (USA, Czech Republic). He also won his second World Championship in a row. For Reimer, 2010 will be remembered as a dream year. Finishing second overall was Patrick “P-Swiss” Switzer. He was victorious in Italy, finished second in France and had third place finishes in both Germany and Australia giving him 1731.36 points for the season. It was a solid year for Switzer who was always pushing Reimer but seemingly unable to beat him. Expect him to come back even hungrier this year.

Christoph Batt had a breakthrough season earning his maiden World Cup victory in the Czech Republic, finishing second in Italy and scoring two fifth place finishes in Germany and South Africa. He was always fast and a contender in every race he entered. In the two races where he finished fifth, he had crashes in the Semi-Finals and then came back to win in the Consolation-Final. Batt will be a force to reckon with in 2011.

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2010 IGSA World Cup Series Final Standings 1. Kevin Reimer, CAN 2. Patrick Switzer, CAN 3. Christoph Batt, SUI 4. Douglas Silva, BRA 5. Scoot Smith, CAN 6. James Kelley, USA 7. Ramón Konigshausen, SUI 8. Mischo Erban, CAN 9. Andrew Chapman, CAN 10. Jackson Shapiera, AUS 11. Stefan Rufli, SUI 12. Erik Lundberg, SWE 13. Nicolas Robert, SUI 14. Corey Leeson, AUS 15. Robin Sandberg, SWE 16. Merrick Wildash, AUS 17. Bruno Fuchs, SUI 18. Danky Dean Ovalhe, BRA 19. Matthew Ardeme, RSA 20. Dominik Kowalski, GER

1800.00 pts 1731.36 pts 1702.37 pts 1651.43 pts 1640.97 pts 1637.25 pts 1632.52 pts 1607.09 pts 1603.96 pts 1581.29 pts 1580.95 pts 1504.45 pts 1484.56 pts 1423.86 pts 1403.33 pts 1362.63 pts 1348.33 pts 1332.92 pts 1317.53 pts 1313.40 pts

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World Cup Victories: 13

Serek is the winningest competitor in IGSA history. He won his first World Championship in 2003 and then went away to dental school. Since coming back in 2007 he’s been nearly unstoppable winning four consecutive Classic Luge World Cup Series titles

PETER ELIOT

Birthday: June 1. 1974 Citizenship: British Resides: London, England World Cup Victories: 4

Eliot has been competing in street luge since the mid 90’s. He earned his first World Cup Series title back in 2002. Pete proved that he’s not lost any speed by winning his second Series title in 2010. Eliot is the favorite to win a third title in 2011.

YVON LABARTHE Birthday: January 11, 1974 Citizenship: Swiss Resides: Geneva, Switzerland World Cup Victories: 4

Yvon is the only compeitor in history to win IGSA Championships in both downhill skateboarding and street luge. He’s a fierce competitor who never gives up. There is no love lost between Eliot and Labarthe. Look for fireworks on and off the track!

LUCA SANTOLAMAZZA Luca had a breakout year in 2010 winning both the Birthday: June 15, 1984 Street Luge World Championship and Kozakov Citizenship: Italian Resides: Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy Challenge. He excells on the courses that combine high speeds and technical prowess. 2010 boost his confidence and he could be unstoppable in 2011. World Cup Victories: 2

ADBIL MAHDZAN Birthday: January 22, 1982 Citizenship: Malaysian Resides: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia World Cup Victories: 1

Abdil is a fierce competitor who was first introduced to luge while attending university in America. Since moving back to Malaysia, “Furlong” has become a sport ambassador bringing new competitors into the sport and organizing informal races in Malaysia.

KEVIN BOUAICH Birthday: May 22, 1990 Citizenship: Swiss Resides: Courrendin, Switzerland World Cup Victories: 1

Kevin Bouaich burst on the Classic Luge scene in 2009 by winning Peyragudes in his World Cup debut! Since then he’s shown that he is a consistent performer who can never be discounted. Bouaich will likely be adding to his victory tally this year.

WILL STEPHENSON

Birthday: October 14, 1987 Citizenship: British Resides: Worcester, England World Cup Victories: 1

Will Stephenson has been getting faster over the past few seasons as his experience level has grown. His lone Street Luge World Cup victory came at Teutonia in 2009, site of this years World Championships. Can he win the big one in 2011?

FABIEN PRUAL Birthday: October 22, 1979 Citizenship: French Resides: Lon, France World Cup Victories: 0

Fabien continues to improve as his experience level increases. He went from 16th in the 2009 Classic Luge rankings to sixth last year. Prual has become a consistent top five finisher and is aiming for his first World Cup victory this year..

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MICHAEL SEREK

Birthday: April 1, 1974 Citizenship: Austrian Resides: Vienna, Austria


Dasha Kornienko Photo: Pierre Gamby

Jean Yves Blondeau Photo: Pierre Gamby

Luca Santolamazza Photo: Alex Frischauf

Peter Eliot Photo: Liz Kinnish

Dominique Vukorep Photo:Pierre Gamby

Switzer & Kelly in the rain. Photo: Pierre Gamby

Andy Lally Photo Dawn Moisanen

2010 World Championship Final Photo Pierre Gamby

Lang & McIntyre tangle at Maryhilll The IGSA Crew hard at work. Photo Liz Kinnish

Oliver Slaughter Photo Liz Kinnish

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Forschner, Marx, De Wit & Müller. Photo: Liz Kinnish

Scoot Smith Photo Liz Kinnish


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