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No go on triple-bid

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The committee seeking to bring the 2009 World Ski Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek has elected to retool its “triple” bid concept on the eve of Thursday’s vote to focus their efforts in the final 24-hours of the campaign solely on securing the Alpine Championships.The original concept called for the Vail Valley to simultaneously host Alpine, Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships over the course of a 16-day period in 2009.”Over the course of the past two years, we have been firmly committed to the idea of hosting the three Championships together,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the Vail/Beaver Creek 2009 bid committee, “believing that this concept was in the best interest of the sports and their athletes. However, with the interest in seeing the Championships maintain a global presence, particularly in Asia, we have decided to concentrate all of our efforts on bringing home a third Alpine World Championships.”Vail and Beaver Creek hosted the 1989 and 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships. A third Alpine Championships in 2009 would be an unprecedented accomplishment.”We still believe in our original concept,” Bill Jensen, COO of Vail, continued, “but we are now fully committed to winning and hosting the best Alpine World Championships ever staged.”Following numerous meetings, with feedback provided by FIS Council members and national federation presidents, Vail/Beaver Creek organizers decided on the evening of June 1 to withdraw their Snowboard and Freestyle bids from consideration in order to focus solely on the Alpine Championships campaign.”Vail and Beaver Creek have created a tremendous legacy within the international alpine skiing community through the 1989 and 1999 Championships,” offered Harry Frampton, chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation, “as well as through our annual World Cup events. The 2009 World Championships will be a complete celebration of sport, culture and our community, with the emphasis on the athletes and the sport.””Everyone is well aware of what we have already accomplished in alpine skiing,” added John Garnsey, COO of Beaver Creek Resort, “but a Vail Valley World Alpine Championships in 2009 provides tremendous benefits for the promotion of the sport. We would have the ability to make a significant impact on the ski industry worldwide,” he said.The Vail Valley delegation still faces the task of winning a third Alpine World against three world-class candidatesVal d’Isere, France; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and Schladming, Austria.”We still have an extremely tough and long road ahead of us,” concluded Folz, “and a very short time to get there.”The vote for the 2009 World Championships is slated to take place Thursday afternoon, following final presentations from all the candidates. The announcement of host sites will be made at a cocktail reception following the voting.– Vail Trail staff report


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