Monday, January 30, 2006

Team Breckenridge Wins Gold in Snow Sculpting Championships

Team Breckenridge took home the gold in the 2006 Budweiser Select International Snow Sculpture Championships Saturday. Their sculpture titled "Discovery" depicted a puppy discovering its reflection in a large mirror.

This is the first time in the event's history Team Breckenridge has taken the Gold Medal.

Team Switzerland won the silver medal with their sculpture "Somersault" a graceful round shape balancing on a pedistal.

Team Germany's "Coming Home" won the bronze with one of the more thought-provoking sculptures of two lovers enveloped by the world.

Team Canada's "Touchdown in Two" received an honorable mention.

Thousands of spectators watched this week as 13 teams from nine countries participated in the event, now in its 16th year.

The finished pieces are achieved without the use of power tools, internal support structures or colorants - just the ingenuity of man and a medium that lends itself, if only temporarily, to the persuasion of chisels, saws, chicken wire and even carrot scrapers.

With more snow and cool temperatures in the forecast, the sculptures should remain in display at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge until February 5 - weather permitting.

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