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Vail’s Daly wins US Ski Association award

Melanie Wongmwong@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail's Andy Daly, right, accepts the 2009 John J. Clair, Jr. Award from Dexter Paine, chairman of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The award was in recognition for work benefiting United States ski racing.

VAIL, Colorado Vail resident and councilman Andy Daly was recognized for his work for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association with the 2009 John J. Clair, Jr. Award.The award is given for outstanding service that benefits the U.S. Ski or Snowboard Teams, according to ski association president Bill Marolt.Throughout his career he has been an energetic supporter of national and international ski and snowboard competitive events, and was instrumental in making Vail the world leader in World Cup racing, said his nomination letter from the associations Alpine Sport Committee. Daly strongly supported World Cup race events while he headed up Vail Associates, Vail Resorts and Copper Mountain. Now, he still works closely with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, helping to determine the direction of the program in the coming years.U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt complimented Daly for promoting skiing, all the way from the grass-roots level to the championship level.Hes been a great friend and advocate for our sport for virtually an entire career, and thats why he received this award, Marolt said.Daly said hes always ardently supported ski racing because it is a way to put Vail on the map as a premiere ski racing and ski resort destination. Not only does ski racing bring worldwide attention to the town, it creates skiers for life, he said.Its a great opportunity for ski towns, he said. Ski racers tend to stay in the sport all their lives, and they pass that on to their families. Many of the best people in the industry come from a ski racing background.He said he would love to see Vail chosen as the venue for the 2015 World Alpine Championships. Vail and Beaver Creek are in the running to host the races, and a decision will be made in the spring of 2010.Daly works with the Vail Valley Foundation, the hospital, is a member of the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, and serves as Mayor Pro Tem for the town of Vail.Daly is also a part of several ski industry organizations, including the U.S. Ski Team Foundation, the National Ski Areas Association, and Colorado Ski Country USA. He was formerly the president of Vail Resorts. Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

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