Herefordshire - At the end of a grueling five-day
training and assessment program, Nancy Olson, 29, U.S. Marine
Corps Officer, has emerged as the competitor who will represent
the United States in the 2003 Land Rover G4 Challenge. Despite
intense competition from her fellow American Kirk Boylston,
45, Olson won through and will now undertake a training
and preparation program in readiness for the rigors of the
Challenge itself. The event kicks off in New York City on
30th March, with 16 competitors enduring four consecutive
weeks, four time zones and intense physical and mental competition.
International Selections event took place at the 5,000 acre
Eastnor Castle estate, home to the Land Rover Driving Experience
and a world-renowned center for off-road driving excellence.
During the program, which ran from Sunday January 19th through
Friday January 24th, a total of 32 prospective competitors,
two from each of 16 participating countries, were put through
a series of demanding assessment sessions, including GPS
and navigation, off road driving, mountain biking, climbing/abseiling
The purpose of the event was not only to
select the final competitor for each nation based on quantitative
scoring systems, but also to train all 32 competitors in
each discipline to give them all the skills and knowledge
required to complete the Challenge safely.
In the event of the selected competitor
being unable to take part, the reserve competitor will step
in to fly their national flag.
was overwhelmed to learn of her selection, "This
entire experience from National Selections to International
Selections has been the experience of a lifetime for me.
When I signed up for this on the Internet I really didn’t
know what I was getting myself into. It all sounded good
but no words can describe the actual experience. It has
been amazing meeting with everybody from all these different
countries, they are wonderful to work with and we have all
come together and bonded as competitors but also as friends."
Sally Eastwood, vice president of Marketing
for Land Rover North America commented, “We have been
overwhelmed by the level of professionalism and team spirit
demonstrated by all the competitors this week. Despite the
fact they have been camping out every night and living on
‘boil in the bag’ meals to replicate the conditions
they will find on the Challenge, everyone has turned in
a great performance and it has been very difficult to make
the final selection. We will be right behind Nancy as she
battles it out in the Challenge itself against the other
further details of the Land Rover G4 Challenge and to follow
the action online from March 30th to April 26th, visit www.landroverG4challenge.com.