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blog: 2013 World Championships, 20 hours until decision

John Dakin
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyChef Tim McCaw with his signature fruit smoothies. The morning drinks proved to be so popular that he had to provide an encore batch in the afternoon.
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CAPE TOWN, South Africa ” Suffice it to say that there will not be much sleep tonight for the Beaver Creek/Vail 2013 contingent as we are now less than 20 hours from the vote.

Today was one of the last chances to try and round up additional votes and, at this stage of the game that truly means either convincing someone who has not made up their mind or stealing from someone else.

Today also marked the final day of the candidate exhibition area and our booth proved to be a constant draw, with Chef Tim’s signature morning fruit smoothies, barbecue beef sliders for lunch and a return of the smoothies, accompanied by brownies, in the afternoon.

The booth is now packed away in the shipping crates for the slow boat return to the Vail Valley. It is strange to see the lower lobby of the hotel suddenly empty when it has been the center of our world for the past three days.

On tap tomorrow is the official presentations of all the candidates to the FIS Council, with ours scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The four alpine candidates will be the last to present and the 2013 Alpine Championships will be the final vote the FIS Council takes tomorrow. We are third in the order, followed by Schladming.

All indications point to an extremely close race, with potentially one vote deciding the outcome. As I wrote yesterday, we have no margin for error, but we most definitely have a shot and we will step to the plate tomorrow and swing for the fence.

The Beaver Creek/Vail contingent has truly worked their tails off and we have received numerous compliments from the FIS staff as to how friendly everyone in our group is. This group has represented the Vail Valley exceptionally well and they, along with all of you back home, have helped to get us to this point in good shape.

So…all the good thoughts and wishes you can muster would be much appreciated tomorrow and keep your fingers crossed. Before I came down to Cape Town, I pulled out the DVD of Seabiscuit to watch the race scene against War Admiral. We’re on the backstretch now…

COME ON BISCUIT


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