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Vail Daily letter: World-class races

Bill Marolt
President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
Vail, CO Colorado

Nothing beats victory on home snow. The thousands of fans who gathered in Beaver Creek to watch the Audi Birds of Prey races last weekend know that well. Being able to cheer on Ted Ligety to his World Cup GS win is something we will all remember for a lifetime. I felt pride for Ted and I also felt pride to be a part of such a spectacular event in the Vail Valley.

It’s no surprise that Beaver Creek and the Vail Valley Foundation are known to produce one of the best quality World Cups on the circuit. This year certainly was no exception. It was clear that the organizers took their commitment to a new level. With the unfortunate weather situation causing the downhill race cancelation, the extraordinary effort given by the staff and volunteers to ready the course didn’t go unnoticed.

Comments from international teams to the International Ski Federation reflected the amazing preparation and organization. I can already feel the energy heading into World Championships in 2015. But it wasn’t just the dedication of staff that made the Audi Birds of Prey a success. It was a community coming together to support the event and very vocally cheer on all of the athletes as they charged for victory. And they heard you.

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