Inaugural 'Jeep(R) Adventure Comp' Is a Big Hit at ESPN's Winter X Games VIII
Jeep Brand Awards $1,000 to Winner's Favorite Charities
* Tucker Hibbert, Power Sports * Keir Dillon, Men's Board Sport Division * Cameron Steele, Media Division * Marisa Funiciello, Women's Board Sport/Media Division
ASPEN, Colo., Jan. 28 -- So, what's it really like when Winter X Games athletes race Jeep(R) Wrangler Rubicons up and down a snow-covered mountain?
"Dude, that was a riot!" exclaimed Mike Metzger, freestyle motocross superstar and X Games gold medalist, as he brought his Jeep Wrangler Rubicon to a skidding stop after blasting down the slopes of Buttermilk Mountain last Friday.
It was all part of Jeep Adventure Comp, a first-of-its-kind, two-day event prior to the ESPN Winter X Games VIII. Metzger was among an all-star group of athletes from every spectrum of the highly popular Winter X Games in an on- hill racing competition featuring the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon in a timed race up Buttermilk Mountain.
Bringing home top honors in the four divisions -- and, more importantly, $1,000 each from the Jeep Brand to their favorite charity -- were snowboard superpipe star Keir Dillon (Boarding for Breast Cancer); former snocross gold medalist Tucker Hibbert (Clayton Foundation); women's snowboard slopestyle competitor Marisa Funiciello (Boarding for Breast Cancer); and, in the media division, ESPN announcer Cameron Steele (Aspen Community Foundation).
"We knew that everyone would get a kick out of this," said Jeff Bell, Vice President Jeep/Chrysler. "And the proof came in the 'wow' reactions of the athletes. They just charged up and down Buttermilk Mountain in the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon -- full force -- and loved it."
"That was so cool of Jeep to put this together for us," said snocross racer Blair Morgan, another Winter X Games multi-gold medalist. "It's great to see one of the X Games sponsors put an event together like this for us. That was a lot of fun and I'll definitely look forward to doing it again next year."
Jeep -- in cooperation with Aspen/Snowmass -- had Jeep Wrangler Rubicons for athletes and media to race up and down Buttermilk Mountain in a timed charity event.
Beginning with a steep hill climb, snowboarders, skiers, dirt bike jumpers, snowmobile racers and others all hammered the pedal and put the Wrangler Rubicons through their paces. They raced up the face of a steep ski hill, then back down through a windy slalom course that tested the abilities of the athletes. "The superior suspension of the rugged Wrangler Rubicon withstood every challenge," said Bell.
"We've enjoyed a great relationship with the X Games," said Bell, "and this year we decided to do more to complement our relationship with the Winter X Games that would also showcase the synergy between the Jeep product and the amazing athletes here in Aspen. We feel with the legendary Jeep vehicles we have a product that plays right into the lifestyles of these athletes. And it was fun for us to see what a great time everybody had with the inaugural Jeep Adventure Comp."
"Dude, I can't believe we got to do this ... this is so rad," said snowboard superpipe competitor Tommy Czeschin. His buddy Andy Finch, also a superpipe competitor, was in full agreement. "We were haulin'. What was my time?," said Finch. Noteworthy: Finch, who finished third overall in the men's board sports category, may have finished higher had he not showed up to race in sandals! Overall the event was a great success, according to all participants.
Photos available at media.daimlerchrysler.com Results Men's Board Sports Charity: Boarding For Breast Cancer Athlete Discipline 1. Keir Dillon Snowboard Superpipe 2. Mike Rosengren Boarder X 3. Andy Finch Snowboard Superpipe 4. Nate Holland Boarder X 5. Tommy Czeschin Snowboard Superpipe 6. Zach Crist Skier X 7. Elijah Teeter Snowboard Superpipe 8. Reggie Crist Skier X 9. Steve Fisher Snowboard Superpipe 10. Jayson Hale Boarder X Men's Power Sport Charity: Clayton Foundation Athlete Discipline 1. Tucker Hibbert Snocross 2. Beau Beauberg Moto X 3. Blair Morgan Snocross 4. Ross Bauerly Snocross 5. Trevor Vines Moto X 6. Paul Bauerly Snocross 7. Doug Parsons Moto X 8. Mike Metzger Moto X 9. Dave Damangos Moto X 10. Todd Hicks Moto X Women's Board Sports/Media Charity: Boarding for Breast Cancer Athlete/Media Personality Discipline/Media Outlet 1. Marisa Funiciello Snowboard Slopestyle 2. Joanne Engels ESPN 3. Sara Guttman KSPN Radio 4. Maggie Piveronas RSN 5. Meg Curran RSN Men's Media Charity: Aspen Valley Community Foundation Media Personality Athlete Media Outlet 1. Cameron Steele ESPN 2. Brad Williamson RSN 3. Bill Farwig Ski Racing Magazine 4. Dylan Merium Grass Roots TV 5. Corby Anderson KSPN Radio 6. John Alvo Warren Miller Entertainment 7. Chris Wight Pulse TV 8. Brad Manosevitz Grass Roots 9. Josh Taylor KMGS Radio 10. Max Bervy Warren Miller Entertainment