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eUpdate – Skate America, ABA BMX Nationals and New Members

The Oregon Sports Authority is delighted to announce that Portland has been selected by U.S. Figure Skating to host 2010 Skate America, November 11-14 at the Rose Garden. Skate America is an Olympic-style international figure skating event featuring competition in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing. The event annually attracts more than 60 world-class figure skaters. Past competitors include 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek and five-time world and nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan.

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Portland selected to host 2010 Skate America

U.S. Figure Skating announced today the selection of Portland as the host city for 2010 Skate America. The international event is one of six stops in the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

The competition, presented by U.S. Figure Skating, the Oregon Sports Authority and the Rose Garden, with support from Travel Portland, will take place Nov. 11-14 at the Rose Garden Arena, which also served as the site of the 2005 State Farm U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

“We are pleased to award this competition to Portland,” U.S. Figure Skating president Patricia St. Peter said. “The community showed its overwhelming support for the U.S. Championships in 2005, and we’re delighted that the athletes and visitors to the city will have the opportunity to experience all Portland has to offer.”

Skate America is an Olympic-style international figure skating event featuring three days of competition in ladies, men’s, pairs and ice dancing. The event annually attracts more than 60 world-class figure skaters. Past competitors include 2010 Olympic champion Evan Lysacek, five-time World and nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan, 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Timothy Goebel, 2002 Olympic pairs champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada, 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi and 1984 Olympic champion Scott Hamilton.

“We’re thrilled to bring 2010 Skate America to the city of Portland,” said Chris Oxley, general manager of the Rose Quarter, the district in which the Rose Garden is located. “Portland has shown that it is a very strong figure skating market, evidenced by the success of the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. With the Olympics being held in the Pacific Northwest last month, the region is ready and excited for another opportunity to host an event of this caliber.”

Other annual stops in the Grand Prix Series include Skate Canada, Cup of China, Trophée Eric Bompard (France), Rostelecom Cup (Russia) and NHK Trophy (Japan).

“We are thrilled to bring one of the world’s premier figure skating events to Portland,” said Oregon Sports Authority chief executive officer Drew Mahalic. “Skate America at the Rose Garden will offer people from throughout the Northwest the rare opportunity to witness the incredible grace, drama and athleticism exhibited by the world’s best figure skaters.”

Portland Ice Skating Club president Barbara Neidig and vice president Dody Teachman also expressed their enthusiasm for the event. “Portland Ice Skating Club members and the skating community are proud to join with the Oregon Sports Authority and the Rose Garden to bring Portland its first international skating competition,” Neidig said. “We welcome the skaters from all over the world to the Rose City.”

— March 18, 2010

Dew Tour returns to Portland

The Dew Tour, the world’s premier season-long action sports tour, today announced its complete schedule for the 2010 season, which includes its return to Portland for the third stop of the five-city circuit. The only city that has hosted the Dew Tour since its inception six years ago, Portland’s Rose Quarter will once again be the site of the Wendy’s Invitational, August 12-15, and will feature the world’s greatest talent in action sports.

“After holding successful events in Portland for the past five years, it was obvious that it should remain the backbone of the Dew Tour,” said Chris Prybylo, Alli Vice President of Events and Dew Tour General Manager. “With knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans, we know that, as it always has in the past, the Portland event will be one of the great highlights of the 2010 Dew Tour.”

“As one of the original host cities, we couldn’t be more thrilled to host the Dew Tour again this year,” said Chris Oxley, General Manager of the Rose Quarter. “Action sports are the life blood of this city, and hosting the Dew Tour year after year only strengthens that legacy.”

“We’re proud to still be a part of the Dew Tour’s success,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. “We’ve seen the Tour grow since the very beginning, and knowing that we’ve been a part of that is a great feeling for us.”

The schedule also includes a skate-specific (park and vert) stop in Boston in June, followed by a BMX-specific (park, dirt and vert) event in Chicago. The five-stop tour will then continue on to Portland, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas and will feature multi-sport events. Over the course of the five-stop schedule, athletes will compete to accumulate points based on their individual-event finishes, each vying for the most overall points and the title of Dew Cup champion.

Tickets for the 2010 Dew Tour will be on sale soon and will be available via the Rose Quarter Box Office, participating Safeway/TicketsWest locations, online at ComcastTIX.com and by phone at 877.789.ROSE (7673). Visit allisports.com for more information.

The complete 2010 Dew Tour schedule is as follows:

Skate Open, ISF Skateboarding World Championships
June 25-26 | Boston, Mass. – TD Garden

Nike 6.0 BMX Open
July 23-24 | Chicago, Ill. – Museum Campus

Wendy’s Invitational
Aug. 12-15 | Portland – Rose Quarter

Toyota Challenge
Sept. 16-19 | Salt Lake City, Utah – EnergySolutions Arena

Dew Tour Championships
Oct. 14-17 | Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Entering its sixth year, the top athletes in the world will take part in the 2010 Dew Tour, all competing for the highly coveted Dew Cup that will be awarded at season’s end to champions in each of the five disciplines. The 2009 Dew Cup champions include Chris Cole (skateboard park), Bucky Lasek (skate vert), Garrett Reynolds (BMX park), Jamie Bestwick (BMX vert) and Ryan Nyquist (BMX dirt).

Nike announces inaugural “Nike Track Nationals” competition

Today Nike opened registration and announced details for the Nike Track Nationals competition, the first ever national championship competition to name the best high school track and field program in the United States.

With the goal of crowning a true national track and field champion, Nike Track Nationals consists of a four-month virtual competition that will select the top 12 boys and top 12 girls programs to compete at legendary Hayward Field for the Nike Track National Title the night before the Prefontaine Classic.

“We are excited to bring Nike Track Nationals to young high school aged runners as a way to recognize the unique and diverse athletic abilities it takes to make up a winning team” said Amy White, Nike’s Vice President of North America Running. “Track & field has traditionally been looked at from an individual sport perspective but for the first time ever, high school aged teams across the country will be recognized as a whole and a national champion will be crowned.”

From March 1 – June 13 all track & field clubs are invited to compete in the virtual competition at www.NikeTrackNationals.com. Coaches will update marks weekly to see how their squad ranks against state, regional, and national competition. Upon completion of the virtual competition, the top club in each of eight regions will automatically qualify for Nike Track Nationals competition in Eugene, Oregon on July 2, and the next four highest scoring clubs from any region will round out the twelve team field.

Clubs will compete in ten track and field events including: 100m, 110/100m Hurdles, 400m, 800m, Mile, Long Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, Discus Throw. Each team is allowed to enter their top mark for each event, with a two-event maximum per individual athlete. Those marks will then be scored in decathlon fashion with performance marks awarded a point score. Although competition consists of ten events, the lowest scoring event will be dropped, making the total score the sum of their best nine events. The highest score takes homes the crown.

Key dates:
March 1: Online competition begins at www.NikeTrackNationals.com
May 3: Must be registered
June 13: Last day marks will be accepted
June 15: National qualifiers announced / final standings released
July 2: National Championships in Eugene, Oregon

For more information and coach/team registration, visit: www.NikeTrackNationals.com.

eUpdate – STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Coming to Salem, USA Cycling Nationals to Bend

The Oregon Sports Authority is excited to announce that the 25th anniversary season of the world-renowned STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series, shown nationwide on ESPN2, will highlight the opening weekend of the Oregon State Fair this August. Competitors for both the U.S. and Collegiate Championships will descend on Salem, making Oregon the undisputed capital of timbersports in 2010. ESPN cameras have followed the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series for 25 years, making it one of the longest running programs on the network. This year the Willamette Valley will have the unique distinction of serving as the backdrop for the world’s premier timbersports event.

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STIHL TIMBERSPORTS celebrates 25 years as original extreme sport

STIHL Inc., creator and owner of the premier lumberjack sports event, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Carhartt, today announced that it has selected the Oregon State Fair in Salem, as the host venue for its 25th anniversary season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. The Series’ quarterfinals, semifinals, U.S. Championship and Collegiate Championship will take place during the fair’s opening weekend Friday, Aug. 27-Sunday, Aug. 29.

The Pacific Northwest will be the backdrop for the premier lumberjack sporting event in the world. The Series features the world’s best lumberjacks and jills in the ultimate tests of strength, endurance, stamina, tool skill and agility. Thirty-two chopper/sawyers, six collegiate competitors, eight boom runners and eight speed climbers will converge on Oregon’s capital to chop, saw, climb, and run their way in to the record books, and celebrate the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series tradition during its silver anniversary festivities.

ESPN cameras have followed the competition for 25 years, earning the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series the distinction of being the one of the longest running programs on the network.

“We are excited about bringing the Series to the Northwest and to have the Oregon State Fair host The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series’ 25th Anniversary competition,” says Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc., “We look forward to bringing to Oregon the excitement and traditions of one of the most exciting sports championships on the air today.”

“This is an event that perfectly captures the essence of Oregon – we couldn’t be more delighted to have our state host the 25th anniversary of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series while showcasing the Willamette Valley’s scenic beauty on national TV,” said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority.

The 2010 Oregon State Fair claims the motto “Too BIG to Miss!” offering attendees more than 9,000 things to do, see and taste throughout 11-days of shows, hot air balloon rides, carnival rides, six headlining concerts, arts and crafts, NPRA rodeo finals, Days of the Dinosaurs exhibit, various events and competitions. The Oregon State Fair opens its gates on Friday, Aug. 27 and culminates on Monday, Sept. 6.

“We can think of no better place to celebrate and highlight the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series and the timber industry, than in Oregon,” said Connie Bradley, Oregon State Fair Manager.

Since its inception in 1985, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series has challenged the world’s best competitors in lumberjack sports. Over the years the Series has gained popularity and expanded to 19 countries including athletes from USA, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, France, Benelux and Germany, all looking to earn a place in the World Championships. New Zealander Jason Wynyard holds the title of 2009 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Champion. Arden Coger, Jr. from West Virginia holds the 2009 U.S. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Champion title.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series quarterfinals, semifinals and U.S. Championship will span the three-day event challenging lumberjacks in six chopping and sawing disciplines: hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop with the top overall competitor being crowned the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series champion and the top U.S. competitor named the 2010 U.S. champion. Both title holders will advance to the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championships presented by Carhartt in Austria Friday, Sept. 3-Sunday, Sept. 5.

The 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series will also culminate during the Oregon State Fair. This national competition pits six regional collegiate champions against each other in four professional disciplines: single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop with the top contender earning the title of 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series champion and an automatic ticket to the 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series where they will compete among the professional ranks.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series boom run and speed climb specialty disciplines will also take place throughout the three-day event. Eight boom runners and speed climbers will compete in a bracket elimination format to determine the U.S. champion in each discipline.

For more details, visit www.sports.espn.go.com/outdoors/timbersports/index and www.oregonstatefair.org.