2005 FIS Snowboard World Cup Championship will take place at Seongwoo Resort of Hwengseong, in Gangwon-do for the first time in Korea. The event will be held for two days, on February 25 and 26.
186 competitors from 20 different countries including Austria, Australia, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the US, and the UK will come to Gangwon-do to participate in the PSL and HP games.
World-class champions such as Jasey-Jay Anderson (Canada)-winner of the World Championship Competition held in Whistler of Canada, Urs Eiselin (Switzerland)-number 2 competitor in the world, will fight once again in men¡¯s PSL game. Narita Domu (Japan)-No.3 in the world, Daniela Mueli and Ursula Bruhin (Switzerland)- the top two competitors of the season will meet again to determine the best of the best in the HP women¡¯s game.
Korean national team members Yoon Dong-hyeok and Ji Myeong-gok, brother stars Ji Myeong-gon and Ji Weon-deok from Sejong University will participate in the PSL men¡¯s game. Kim Su-cheol (Kyonggi University), Yoon Jeong-min (Jinbu High School), and Kim Ho-jun (Jinbu Middle School) will try to measure up to the international standard in the HP men¡¯s game, also. Shin Da-hye (Pyeongtaek Girls High School) will be the only female participant from Korea.
World Cup Championship is the third largest winter game meet following the Winter Olympics and World Championship. Competitors travel to take part in 21 games in 14 countries between October and March, and the final ranking is determined by comparing their cumulative points.
High-ranking FIS officials like Coordinator Chris Wagner and Director Alex Holler will be accompanying the competition held in some 20 countries abroad. Gangwon-do plans to promote its image, especially Pyeongchang¡¯s, for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Hosting an international winter sports game will become a valuable experience as well as an advantage for various future events.