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Vail Valley Welcomes Home Olympic Champion Mikaela Shiffrin

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A large Vail Valley crowd got the opportunity to welcome home their newest Olympic champion as the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail hosted the “Gold Rush” celebration for Mikaela Shiffrin on March 28. Shiffrin arrived at Championships Plaza for the celebration on a Vail fire truck, accompanied by 2015 World Championships mascots Pete the Mountain Lion and Earl the Raccoon.  She walked to the stage on a carpet that listed her World Cup wins and titles, along with her 2013 World Championship and Sochi Olympic medals. When asked about how much of a whirlwind the last month…

NBC Awarded Domestic Broadcast Rights for 2015 Vail / Beaver Creek World Championships

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  More than 20 Hours of Coverage on Tap. When the 2015 World Championships officially kick off on February 2 of 2015, the NBC Sports Group will be on hand to provide an unprecedented amount of television coverage for American ski racing fans. NBC and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association recently announced an expansion of their current partnership that will not only result in a significant increase in the broadcast and digital coverage of skiing and snowboarding in the U.S., but also include over 20 hours of live HD coverage for the 2015 Championships. As part of this agreement,…

U.S. Women Take Advantage of Spring Training Session at Beaver Creek

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While the Olympic season has officially come to an end, members of the U.S. Women’s speed group got together at Beaver Creek March 25-27 for a late season Super-G session on the new Raptor Women’s Downhill racecourse in anticipation of next winter’s 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. The Ski Team contingent included Olympic Slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin, Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith, Laurenne Ross and Julia Ford. Shiffrin also had the opportunity to get in some training runs later in the week on the Raven Ridge track, one of the proposed locations for the World Championships Women’s Giant Slalom. The Giant…

Colorado Children’s Chorale to Perform National Anthems Live During World Championship Medal Presentations

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  The official medals presentation ceremonies of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will take on an exciting new look and feel as the Colorado Children’s Chorale has agreed to sing the anthem of each gold-medal winning nation in that language each evening of the Championships. Scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Championships Plaza in the heart of Vail Village, the nightly presentations will celebrate the day’s top three race finishers as the FIS presents their gold, silver and bronze medals to the top competitors.  The festivities will also include free musical performances, light shows and fireworks. In this regard,…

Moser-Proell, Greatest Female Skier of All Time Inducted into International Ski Racing Hall of Fame

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  The most successful female alpine ski racer in history was honored March 22, when Austria’s Annemarie Moser-Proell was inducted into the International Ski Racing Hall of Fame as the 2014 Legend of Honor.  The Legend of Honor festivities are annually hosted in conjunction with Vail’s Korbel American Ski Classic. A total of 45 of the greatest ski racers in history were on hand to celebrate Moser-Proell at the Legends of Skiing Banquet, including Luxembourg’s Marc Girardelli, who served as translator for the proceedings.  Other racing greats included Franz Klammer, Phil and Steve Mahre, Ken Read, Fritz Strobl, Michaela Gerg…

June Creek Elementary Captures 2015 Banner Contest

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Students Choose to “Adopt” USA Never let it be said that the students at June Creek Elementary School don’t “apply” themselves to their work.  The entire student population, approximately 320 students, contributed their individual photos to the winning submission in the recent 2015 World Championships School Banner contest. The banner, entitled “Look What We Can Do In A Year”, prominently features the outline of a ski racer, filled in with the individual photos of the students, and surrounded by academic and life goals for the coming year.  As a result of their winning entry, June Creek Elementary will enjoy a…

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Official 2015 Artist, Carrie Fell, Produces Inaugural World Championships Art Poster

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The color, power and grace of alpine skiing has been captured on canvas as 2015 World Championships Official Artist Carrie Fell recently released her inaugural World Championships art piece.  Organizers will utilize the piece for the event’s first poster. Entitled “Effective Edge”, the original artwork measures 20” x 50” and features a combination of acrylic, oil and full resin, highlighted with Fell’s trademark vibrant colors and fluid forms. In addition to producing a collection of World Championships-themed artwork over the course of the coming year, Fell will also be working with local children to create a special art piece, while…

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2015 Youth Committee Seeking Creative Themed Lesson Plans for Colorado Students

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Have you ever felt that you might have a knack for creating a relevant and engaging lesson plan?  Do you believe that major international events offer a myriad of unique, hands-on learning experiences for local and regional students? Then the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships needs you…to put on your thinking cap and contribute your ideas of how our students can learn from having this incredible event in our community. The 2015 World Championships Youth Committee is currently collecting lesson plans from community members that incorporate the 2015 Championships.  By providing educators with these lesson plans during the 2014-15…

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Official Mascots Introduced! Pete the Mountain Lion and Earl the Raccoon

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When the world returns to the Vail Valley for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, athletes, media, spectators and families will be welcomed by two of Vail and Beaver Creek’s newest ambassadors of fun, Pete and Earl. Pete the Mountain Lion and Earl the Raccoon will serve as the official mascots for the 2015 World Championships, making special appearances throughout the coming year, as well as during the two weeks of the Championships. In addition to welcoming everyone to the Championships, Pete and Earl will also pay tribute to the two hard working dreamers, Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton,…

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Vail Valley Celebrates One-Year Countdown to 2015 Championships

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As the world prepares for the Sochi Olympics, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships’ clock was also be ticking for Vail and Beaver Creek on Saturday, February 1, as the two resorts hosted “Countdown 2-15” festivities to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the world’s best skiers return to the Vail Valley. Beaver Creek’s Countdown 2-15 activities took place on the mountain to represent the 2015 racing component, while the Vail segment was hosted at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village, with timing set to mirror the start of the Championships’ Opening Ceremony. Both daytime and evening activities drew hundreds of…

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Pete the mountain lion and Earl the raccoon introduced as the office 2015 World Championships Mascots

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When the world returns to the Vail Valley for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, athletes, media, spectators and families will be welcomed by two of Vail and Beaver Creek’s newest ambassadors of fun, Pete and Earl. Pete the Mountain Lion and Earl the Raccoon will serve as the official mascots for the 2015 World Championships, making special appearances throughout the coming year, as well as during the two weeks of the Championships.  The two outgoing, gregarious characters were formally introduced February 1, in conjunction with the One Year Countdown festivities at Championships Plaza in Vail Village. “We are…

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Countdown “2-15″ Celebrations at Vail and Beaver Creek!

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It’s finally here…the one-year countdown to the greatest ski party in North America, the 2015 ALPINE WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS! We’ll be celebrating all day in Beaver Creek and Vail, so plan to join us for all the festivities: COUNTDOWN 2-15 IN BEAVER CREEK: 8:30am Guided Snowshoe Hike to Talon’s Race Finish Area Meet at the Beaver Creek Nordic Center for departure by 9am Snowshoe rentals will be available for the special price of $20.15 Group will ascend “Trail 2015″ and arrive at the Talons finish area in time for the party! 10:15am Group Ski Down of Ladies’ Raptor Race Course Meet at…

Jessica from Vail Spa & Condos receives their Actively Green 2015 Award.

Actively Green 2015 Business Case for Sustainability

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Walking Mountains Science School’s  High Country Speaker Series is kicking off next Tuesday, January 14th, 5:30pm at WMSC with Hunter Lovins, Founder of Natural Capitalism Solutions.  Ms. Lovins is renowned globally and will be speaking about the ‘business case for sustainability’ which ties in perfectly with the Vail Beaver Creek 2015 Championships’ Actively Green 2015 initiative.  Hunter Lovins was once deemed “Hero of the Planet” by Time Magazine and continues to be widely talked about. She consults with industries and governments worldwide on sustainable development, energy and resource policy, climate change, and land management. Lovins will explore the business case…

2015 World Championships Organizers Preview J. Lindeberg Uniforms

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The December 9 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee meeting featured more than just a recap of the Beaver Creek World Cup Weeks and committee reports as organizers got their first look at the J. Lindeberg uniforms that they will wear during the Championships. Nearly 70 members of the Organizing Committee and various committee members attended the bi-annual meeting, with many being fitted for their 2015 uniforms.  The J. Lindeberg complete uniform will include a parka, pants, insulated jacket, vest and warm-up top.

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Beaver Creek Organizers Honor FIS Men’s Race Director, Guenter Hujara, and USSA President, Bill Marolt, During Birds of Prey World Cup.

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            Beaver Creek organizers said goodbye to a pair of ski racing icons recently as FIS Men’s Chief Race Director Guenter Hujara and USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt were presented with individual honors during the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Week. Hujara, who will retire from his position at the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign, was presented with a bronze sculpture at Thursday’s team captain’s meeting in recognition of all he has done for Beaver Creek and Birds of Prey. The sculpture, featuring a Native American boy and a bear, was created by…

World’s Media Test Drives New Talon Center

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Print, broadcast, photo and online media from around the world got their first opportunity to test drive Beaver Creek’s new Talons Media Center during the recently-completed Beaver Creek World Cup Weeks in anticipation of the 2015 World Championships. During the Championships, the 18,000 square-foot Talons will serve as the primary Media Center, with sub-centers located at the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon and Manor Vail Lodge in Vail. Over the course of the two weeks of ladies’ and men’s 2013 World Cup racing, approximately 270 members of the media, representing 10 nations, descended on Beaver Creek to chronicle…

USSA Acquires Domestic Broadcast Rights for 2015 World Championships

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In a concerted effort to elevate the reach of ski racing in America, EUROVISION, operated by the European Broadcast Union, and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) have sealed an agreement giving USSA the media rights to the 2015 and 2017 FIS Alpine and Nordic Ski World Championships, including the 2015 Alpine Ski World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. Under the deal, the USSA will manage rights distribution in the United States for major national networks, sports networks and other cable broadcasters, including exclusive multiplatform exploitation in the USA of these showcase FIS events, with rights for television, radio, online…

Beaver Creek World Cup Weeks Recap

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                  As the dust begins to settle from the recently completed Beaver Creek World Cup Weeks, it is time to take stock of how “we” scored on our “test event” for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Needless to say, there were a number of “firsts” that transpired during the racing in Beaver Creek.  It was the debut of Raptor as a World Cup racecourse and the new Talons Restaurant as a Media Center.  We introduced elements of the 2015 accreditation system and stress tested the new fiber backbone that was…

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Think Green… Take Trail 2015!

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Want to make an environmental statement, let alone get a great workout, on your way to and from the 2013 FIS Beaver Creek World Cup Weeks races? Then Think Green…Take Trail 2015. The mild 1.6 mile walk along the Beaver Lake Trail will begin at Centennial Station in Beaver Creek Village and end at the Red Tail Finish Stadium, with walking and Dial-A-Ride shuttle options to the trailhead. Please remember to bring your hiking poles and snowshoes, or wear winter shoes/boots. As a special bonus, Yaktrax will be providing a limited supply of demos during the Audi Birds of Prey…

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FIS COUNCIL AMENDS 2015 COMPETITION SCHEDULE AT NOVEMBER MEETING

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With 15 months remaining until Vail and Beaver Creek host the world for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, the FIS Council made final modifications to the 2015 competition schedule during their November meeting in Oberhofen to enable two full days of downhill training for both ladies and men. The modifications were deemed necessary following a review of the 2013 World Championships competition schedule in Schladming in order to ensure two complete training runs, given a similar single finish area in Beaver Creek for both ladies and men. Organizers will now work with Eurovision to determine the official start times…

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LOGO UNVEILED FOR BEAVER CREEK’S NEW LADIES’ RAPTOR RACECOURSE

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First came the construction, then the name and now, the new ladies’ Downhill racecourse in Beaver Creek has its visual identity as Olympic Downhill champion Lidsey Vonn unveiled the logo for Raptor during her November 8 press conference in Vail. Created by Design & Image Communications in Denver, this new logo extends the equity of its Birds of Prey male counterpart, utilizing a similar vertical format while sharing aspects of typography and composition that allow the two marks to live side by side when appropriate. “The logo utilizes avian features, while representing both aggressive speed and feminine beauty, all at…

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EUROVISION NAMED OFFICIAL HOST BROADCASTER FOR VAIL/BEAVER CREEK’S 2015 FIS ALPINE WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

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The television pictures that are beamed to the world throughout the two weeks of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek will be provided by an internationally recognized industry leader as EUROVISION has been named as the official Host Broadcaster of the 2015 World Championships. Under the recently-signed agreement with the Vail/Beaver Creek Organizing Committee, Eurovision Production Coordination (EPC), the European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) production company, will build an ambitious broadcast installation to provide an international signal in High Definition for all events for all rights holders. During the September Coordination Committee meeting, EPC provided…

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BUSY SUMMER OF WORK WRAPS UP ON BEAVER CREEK MOUNTAIN IN PREPARATION FOR 2013 FIS WORLD CUP EVENTS

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The past summer was another extremely busy one on Beaver Creek Mountain with Phase II of the ladies’ speed course construction getting underway, seemingly as soon as the last snow melted from the racecourse. Crews also removed old television cable off the men’s Birds of Prey course, in addition to finishing electrical, telecommunications, fiber connections and safety installation on the ladies’ track. The new Talons Restaurant is in the final stages of construction, with a scheduled delivery date of November 5. In addition to serving as a great enhancement for skiers and snowboarders in the Birds of Prey, Grouse Mountain…

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SECURITY COMMITTEE CONDUCTS SECOND ROUND OF 2015 TABLETOP EXERCISE

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Local and regional governmental, resort and emergency personnel gathered in Vail October 3 to discuss, plan and prepare for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships as the Security Committee hosted a second round of tabletop exercises. Over 80 participants were immersed in a simulated emergency situation centered around the men’s Downhill competition that required extensive interaction between organizations. The exercise was a continuation of the scenario originally presented to the group last fall, designed to assist in learning how to better coordinate efforts, resources and communications during an emergency situation. The committee will play host to additional activities in…

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CARRIE FELL NAMED OFFICIAL ARTIST FOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

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While the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek will showcase the world’s top ski racers, the event will also serve as the canvas for one of this country’s premier artists, as internationally renowned painter and Vail gallery owner Carrie Fell was named the official artist for the 2015 championships. In addition to creating the artwork for the official World Championships poster, Fell will also be working with local children to create a special art piece, while also embarking on other unique merchandising, marketing and design concepts throughout the event. “We are honored and excited that…

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EAGLE VALLEY ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND TOWN OF VAIL CO-HOST ECO CERTIFICATION PROGRAM AS PART OF 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVES

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The first in a series of activities aimed at enhancing sustainability best-practices in preparation for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships got underway September 4-5 as the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability co-hosted a two-day session with the Town of Vail to provide Vail Valley businesses with interactive training on sustainability best-practices tailored to the unique attributes of travel, tourism and hospitality. The training was facilitated by the globally recognized organization, Sustainable Travel International. An initiative of the 2015 Environmental Committee, the program is called “Actively Green 2015” and, over the next 16 months, the goal is to train and…

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500 PEOPLE TURN OUT FOR 2015 VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT KICKOFF PARTY

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The anticipation and excitement for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships ran high Thursday evening, September 12, as 500 people from throughout the Vail Valley gathered at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for the official kickoff of the 2015 volunteer recruitment process. In addition to enjoying free barbeque and beverage, participants had the opportunity to talk to representatives of the various 2015 operational areas and committees in order to get a better idea of where they might like to volunteer their time prior to and during the Championships. “I was an awards volunteer for the 1989 World Championships,” offered…

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Sign up to become a member of Team 2015

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The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are just under a year and a half away and the Vail Valley wants you…to be a member of Team 2015. The process of recruiting volunteers for Vail and Beaver Creek’s 2015 World Championships will officially kickoff Thursday evening, September 12, from 5-7 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, with the first 215 people in the gate receiving a special 2015 commemorative gift.  Prize raffles will also be conducted throughout the evening. In addition to free food and two free drinks, potential volunteers will also have the opportunity to talk to representatives…

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World’s fastest ladies to take flight on “Raptor” - Beaver Creek’s new 2015 World Championships downhill course

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The power and grace of the majestic members of the predatory birds of prey family will show the way as the world’s fastest women take flight on “Raptor”, Beaver Creek’s new ladies’ speed course for the upcoming 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. “There has obviously been considerable discussion about what the ladies’ course would be named,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and president of the 2015 World Championships organizing committee.  “Given its proximity to Birds of Prey, the natural inclination was to try to find a name that would be both complementary and that could…

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FROM ONE CHAMPION TO ANOTHER—SHIFFRIN PRESENTS LIFETIME EPIC PASS TO BEAVER CREEK USA PRO CHALLENGE STAGE WINNER

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Reigning World Championship Slalom gold medalist and overall World Cup Slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin returned to the podium recently as the Eagle-Vail resident presented a lifetime Vail Resorts Epic Pass to Janier Alexis Acevedo, winner of Stage 4 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge in Beaver Creek. Designated the Queen Stage of this year’s tour, the 103-mile race, which began in Steamboat Springs, sent riders up the new Bachelor Gulch climb, featuring pitches of up to 20 percent grade. After topping Bachelor Gulch, the leaders still had to race down a technical descent and power up the final two kilometer…

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A-NETS FLOWN INTO PLACE ON BEAVER CREEK’S LADIES’ RACECOURSE

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Beaver Creek Mountain has once again been a buzz of activity this summer as Phase II of the ladies’ speed course construction has been underway seemingly since the last snow melted from the racecourse. Crews have been busy pulling old television cable off the men’s Birds of Prey course, while also finishing electrical, telecommunications and fiber connections on the ladies’ track. At the end of July, 75 A-Net towers were helicoptered into place on the ladies’ course. The towers will support the 12 new A-Nets, which will account for approximately 2,500 meters of netting, some of it double.

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Construction of new 2015 Media Center Progressing Well

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Members of the world’s media will have a new home when the ladies’ and men’s World Cup tours descend on Beaver as construction on the new restaurant that will house the 2015 World Championships media center at Red Tail Camp is progressing well as mid-summer approaches. Demolition of the old Red Tail began prior to the end of the 2012-13 ski season, with excavation down to grade following shortly thereafter. The new 18,000 square foot restaurant will feature seating for 500 inside and an additional 250 outside on the deck. Located at the Red Tail Finish Stadium, the new restaurant…

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Shiffrin Provides Insider’s Perspective

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Mikaela Shiffrin Provides Insider’s Perspective to Organizing Committee for 2015 World Championships  World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin paid a special guest visit to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Organizing Committee meeting June 27 to provide an insider’s perspective on what makes for a great World Championships experience for the athletes. The 18-year-old Eagle-Vail resident touched on various items, including athlete transportation, training and warm-up areas, Opening Ceremonies participation and the post-race gauntlet of interviews, medals and parties. Approximately 50 members of Vail and Beaver Creek’s 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee were on hand for the bi-annual meeting, with the…

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Katrina Ammer Returns For 2015 World Championships

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Olympic Veteran Katrina Ammer Returns to Vail & Beaver Creek for 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Olympic veteran Katrina Ammer has returned to the Vail Valley to become Vice President of Operations for the Vail Valley Foundation, with oversight over all VVF events and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, in addition to 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships operations, including television, facilities, race, medical, security, transportation and competition logistics. Ammer returns home following two and a half years in Sochi, Russia, serving as the Managing Expert for the Mountain Cluster, responsible for Sport and Venue Management, for the 2014 Olympic Winter…

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FEMA Helps Prepare for 2015 World Championships

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FEMA Helps Eagle and Surrounding Counties Prepare for 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships  It’s February 5, 2015—a day of Downhill Training for both men and ladies at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek. While the eyes of the international ski racing community are focused on the Beaver Creek racecourses, a train derails on the Colorado River Road, 50 miles west of Beaver Creek, with dozens injured and five fatalities. Shortly thereafter, a tanker truck is involved in a rollover accident with four cars on Interstate 70, causing a hazardous material spill between Eagle and Gypsum, which…

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Jaerbyn Keeps Athletes at the Forefront

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Jaerbyn Keeps Athletes at the Forefront of 2015 Organizing Committee For 18 years, Sweden’s Patrik Jaerbyn saw the world and the World Championships from an athlete’s perspective. Now, the Edwards, Colorado resident brings that same worldview to the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, keeping the athletes at the forefront as a member of the Organizing Committee. Retired from the World Cup circuit in 2012, the 44-year-old father of two collected a pair of World Championship medals during his career, with a silver medal in Super-G at the 1996 Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain and a downhill bronze in 2007…