Week In Review
Its a wrap
The 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Vail and Beaver Creek concluded Feb. 15 to general acclaim.
Total attendance was close to 130,000 for races, 200,000 when including all of the other events. Television viewers approached 1 billion.
Ligety nabs gold
It’s been 26 years since a gold medal hung around the neck of an American skier on home snow at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships — that is, until last Friday — when Utah’s Ted Ligety won the giant slalom by a decisive margin in front of a wild crowd of U.S. fans.
After going the first 11 days of the championships without a gold medal, the U.S. Ski Team picked up its second gold medal in as many days, when home town favorite Mikaela Shiffrin took first in the women’s slalom. Shiffrin, 19 and turning 20 next month, defended her world title in the slalom, having won her first championships gold back in Schladming, Austria, in 2011. It’s also her third “major” medal with her Olympic gold in the discipline in Sochi, Russia.
Meet the press, junior
Lindsey Vonn participated in what had to be the most entertaining press conference of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
Put on the spot with questions including “Who is your favorite teammate?” and “Who has been the best coach you’ve ever had?” Vonn did her best to provide answers to a group of 50 or so children who were lucky enough to meet the superstar.
For the record, Vonn’s best friend on the team is Alice McKennis and her favorite coach she ever had was Reid Phillips from Ski Club Vail. In addition to stumpers like those, there were some classics, as well. “What’s your favorite color?” asked 5-year-old Blakesley Sutter.
Vonn, the highest paid female skier the United States has ever produced, responded by saying, “Green. That’s such a great question.”
CeeLo in Vail
CeeLo Green, a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-producer, television personality, actor, entrepreneur and pop culture and fashion icon, took the Championships Plaza stage on Valentine’s Day.
More about Fritze
Brian Fritze, the man who was shot to death Tuesday by law enforcement after a chase on Interstate 70, left behind two children, one in Colorado and one in Oklahoma, according to his father, Melvin Fritze.
He fled from Garfield County deputies after a report that he attacked a woman, jumped from his truck just west of Glenwood Springs holding a gun to his head, and then ran toward traffic, leading deputies to shoot him.
Weed edibles at Coal Ridge
Nine students have admitted being involved in marijuana-infused edibles being distributed and used at Coal Ridge High School, and one of them involved in sales told authorities he aspired to be a businessman.
Hector Manuel Ruiz, 21, of Rifle, was arrested last week after a Garfield County Sheriff’s investigation indicated he had purchased marijuana edibles that were later distributed at the school.
Paul Cuthbertson, a lifelong local of Eagle and Summit counties, died while skiing up to the Polar Star Inn to meet some friends for a celebration of his 21st birthday on Friday night.