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Top U.S. Athletes Head for England in Quest for Land Rover G4 Challenge

Top U.S. Athletes Head for England in Quest for Land Rover G4 Challenge

    IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 21 Nancy Olson, 29, of Arlington,
Va., and Kirk Boylston, 45, from Calabasas, Calif., will go head-to-head this
week as they compete in the Land Rover G4 Challenge International Selections.
Only one will go forward to the global competition as the U.S. representative,
while the other will serve as an alternate.
    Olson and Boylston stood out from among 29 candidates who competed in the
U.S. National Selections event in December 2002, thus earning their passage to
the fabled Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, England, where the event started
January 20 and runs through January 25, 2003.
    International Selections is the second, and final, stage of the Land Rover
G4 Challenge Selection process.  Two finalists from each of the 16
participating Nations will be attending the event to determine which
competitor will go on to represent their Nation in the Challenge itself.
Competitors will be tested through a combination of outdoor activities
including driving, navigation, mountain-biking, kayaking, orienteering and
mechanical aptitude.
    Olson, a Marine Corps Public Information Officer, is excited about the
opportunity to compete against other exceptional athletes in this ultimate
adventure.  "International Selections will be a challenge, but I am ready for
it.  I have been training, practicing and mentally preparing.  It is an honor
to represent my country and Land Rover in this exciting competition."
Boylston, a real estate developer, is ready to compete on the international
level.  "Making it to International Selections is already an accomplishment,
but now I am looking even farther ahead.  To represent the U.S. in the Land
Rover G4 Challenge global event and to meet teammates from all over the world
would be the experience of a lifetime."
    The Land Rover G4 Challenge is an adventure competition that tests
competitors' ability to excel through arduous driving, physical and mental
tasks over both extreme and urban territory.  The event is comprised of four
consecutive global stages, commencing in New York City on March 30, 2003.
Competitors will trek across the East and West coasts of North America, as
well as sections of Australia and South Africa, traveling through remote areas
and urban centers during four weeks of intense personal challenge.  While
mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing and rappelling, they will
cover approximately 4,000 miles in their quest to take first place for the
nations they represent and to win the grand prize -- a new Range Rover.

    Land Rover North America, established in 1986, imports and distributes
Range Rover, Discovery and Freelander vehicles manufactured for sale in the
U.S. by Land Rover in Solihull, England.  Land Rover's worldwide operations
are wholly owned by Ford Motor Company , Dearborn, Michigan.  For
information about the Land Rover Retailer nearest you, call 1-800-FINE 4WD or
log on to us.landrover.com .

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