Alpine Programs

One Year to Vail Beaver Creek Worlds

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USSA
2014-02-01 13:02
 

VAIL, CO (Feb. 1) As the world prepares for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships’ clock was also ticking for Vail and Beaver Creek Saturday, February 1, as the two resorts hosted “Countdown 2-15” festivities to celebrate the one-year mark until 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 the timing mirroring the start of the Championships’ Opening Ceremony.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As the world prepares for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships’ clock was also ticking for Vail and Beaver Creek Saturday, February 1, as the two resorts hosted “Countdown 2-15” festivities to celebrate the one-year mark until 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 the timing mirroring the start of the Championships’ Opening Ceremony.
  • The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek are scheduled for February 2-15. The event is expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, along with an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members.  An international television audience approaching 750 million people will watch the two weeks of racing and festivities.
  • The U.S. Ski Team saw tremendous success at the 2015 World Championships venue last December with Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) earning her career first giant slalom podium in second and then World Cup champion Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) and Bode Miller (Franconia, NH) finishing first and second in a riveting conclusion to the Audi Birds of Prey Race Week.
  • The Beaver Creek component of Countdown 2-15 took place at the start of the new Raptor Women’s Downhill racecourse, where the first 215 people received a 2015 bib, took photos at the Raptor start and then skied or rode the new women’s course that was debuted this past November during the Nature Valley World Cup.
  • The Vail segment of Countdown 2-15 kicked off Saturday night at Solaris Plaza with music and a community Good Luck banner signing for all the Vail Valley athletes participating in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The ceremony also featured the renaming and dedication of Solaris Plaza as Championships Plaza, which will host all of the official medals presentations during 2015 World Championships as well as nightly free concerts.
  • The evening’s celebration included the official debut of the 2015 World Championships mascots along with the starting of the World Championships Countdown Clock, which displays the hours, minutes and second remaining until the world returns for the 2015 Championships. The clock started at 7 p.m. MST, representing 365 days until the start of Opening Ceremony.

QUOTES
Ceil Folz, Vail Valley Foundation President and Head of the 2015 World Championships Organizing Committee
The ‘Countdown 2-15’ activities in both Vail and Beaver Creek really represent a great opportunity for our entire community and our guests to come together to celebrate the world’s return to the Vail Valley in 2015. We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to host a third World Championships and this day will serve as a kickoff of what we can look forward to in just 365 days.

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