Six-Time World Champion Junichi Nakamura, Winner of the 1998 Olympic Gold Medal and 1998 European Champion Takeo Okamoto, Winner of the 1998 Olympic Silver Medal Are Competing in the Crystal Gallery of Ice, International Ice Carving Competition March 1-6, 1999.
Six-time World Champion Junichi Nakamura winner of the 1998 Olympic Gold Medal and 1998 European Champion, Takeo Okamoto winner of the 1998 Olympic Silver Medal, will be one of the 12, 2-person teams competing. Sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association (NICA) this year is the tenth annual competition for Anchorage. Aaron Costiz winner of the 1998 Olympic Bronze Medal will be one of the three judges for the 54-hour marathon. The event will also feature an artist exposition by the White House Joint Chiefs of Staff Ice Carving Team.
"This year's event will be a grand celebration. We anticipate a crowd of over 15,000 spectators in Downtown Anchorage's Town Square to watch the teams compete. This year we have teams competing from around the world," said Pfleiger.
Major Cornerstone Sponsor for the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Gallery of Ice and other Calendar Events for 1999 is the Hilton Anchorage Hotel.
The Gallery of Ice, where carvers use three blocks of ice approximately 4 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet and weighing more than 3,000 pounds, is sponsored by the Country Companies insurance group. "We are proud to sponsor such a wonderful event," said Jim Williams, Manager of Community Relations. "It is amazing how the people taking part in this competition can take something as simple as water and turn it into a beautiful work of art."
This is the first year that Country Companies has sponsored the Gallery of Ice and the second year of sponsoring ice carving events in Alaska. The Country Companies -- with more than 1,200 agents in 10 states, including Alaska -- offer customers auto, home, life, farm, ranch, health, commercial and disability income insurance, and annuities.
Contest winners will be announced on Saturday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. in Town Square, Downtown Anchorage, Alaska the day the 1999 World Champion Iditarod Dog Sled Race begins.
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|Date:||Feb 22, 1999|
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