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 Walt Horton and holds special significance for Hujara, who made it a point to visit the original as one his first stops in Beaver Creek every year. Ironically, the original was sold during the summer and was no longer in place when Hujara stopped by for his annual visit this year. Prior to the start of the Men’s Super-G on December 7, Marolt was presented with a framed Golden Eagle print in honor of his 18 years of service to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The photo, taken by artist Rob Westrich, is part of the series organizers annually present to Birds of Prey podium athletes as trophies. Marolt will also retire from his post at the end of this season and has been instrumental in not only the annual Birds of Prey, but also in helping Vail and Beaver Creek to win the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The award was presented by key 2015 Organizing Committee members, including President Ceil Folz, Harry Frampton, Erik Borgen and John Garnsey.