SINGAPORE June 23 2010 - Twenty one professional climbers embarked on a first of its kind challenge to scale the world's newest architectural icon, Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore as part of its Opening Celebration festivities.
The World Championship Climb to the Sands SkyPark featured renowned climbers from around the globe who scaled the facades of the three interlinked 55-story hotel towers, to the SkyPark on the 57th floor.
This first-ever building climbing championship was a speed climbing competition executed in the form of a team relay. Each team had to scale the three 55-story hotel towers at a height of 200 meters in succession, followed by a dramatic finish line sprint across 340 meters of the Sands SkyPark where live TV cameras and news media awaited the winners.
The seven teams were made up of three climbers, with each team comprising one female and two male climbers. The climbers, which represented seven different regions and over ten countries around the world including Singapore, China, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom, were all world-class professional climbers.
"The World Championship Climb to the Sands SkyPark is the first climb race of its kind and it will be a spectacular competition witnessed 'live' by audiences in Singapore and around the world. We are delighted to bring this once-in-a lifetime experience to our guests and visitors during the opening celebration of Marina Bay Sands," said Mr. Thomas Arasi, President and CEO of Marina Bay Sands.
Immediately after the competition, eight sky divers leapt off a helicopter and expertly maneuvered their canopies between three gates formed by helium hoisted giant balloons above the Sands SkyPark. Their descent saw them "fly" through the balloon gates, over the Sands Expo and Convention Center towards the event plaza and into Marina Bay signifying the conclusion of the competition and commencement of the evening's entertainment.
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