Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Nissan Outdoor Games. Interlaken 2008

On July 4th & 5th, a selected group of athletes were in Interlaken (Switzerland) for the 4th edition of a completely unique event combining sporting competition and a video and photo festival. A multi-sports event, the Nissan Outdoor Games feature the world’s best athletes in 5 outdoor sports disciplines: mountain-biking, kayaking, rock climbing, paragliding and BASE jumping. The athletes arrived in Interlaken (in the heart of the Swiss alps, between the Lakes of Thun and Brienz and at the foot the famous trio of peaks, the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau) five days before the event starts invited by the organizers. The athletes are grouped into 5 teams. Each athlete performs his own sports. In order to guarantee a high quality production, each team is joined by a pro photographer, a pro cameraman and a film editor of their choosing. Their challenge: produce a 5 minutes movie and 20 still photos.
Encouraged by the liveliness of the crowd, the cream of extreme sports made their way to the square at Unterseen on Friday and Saturday. After five days of intense filming, specialists from each of the disciplines, as well as the public, were wowed by the performances being shown on two giant screens on Saturday night. Struck by a terrible tragic accident on Tuesday the 1st of July, the whole event was forced to re-assess the format of this 4th edition. The organizers decided to follow the wishes of the teams involved, who unanimously decided to continue with their work, albeit in a non-competitive spirit.
Six thousand people made their way to Interlaken on Saturday and Sunday to take part in the activities specially laid on for the public, with the additional opportunity of being able to see these pro athletes in person. People of all ages were welcome to come and try out the sports of kayaking, mountain biking and climbing under the watchful eyes of professionals.