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Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey hits TV this weekend

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” For those who missed last week’s World Cup action in Beaver Creek or perhaps just didn’t get enough ski racing, Versus will air coverage of the Birds of Prey today and Sunday with additional shows on Dec. 20.

The programming starts Saturday at 4 p.m. MST with an hour-long show on the first half of the downhill competition. The second half of the show will air Sunday at 2 p.m. Mountain time.

Viewers can relive Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal’s dramatic comeback victory on the same Birds of Prey course that ended his season one year ago. The downhill shows will chronicle not only Svindal’s win, but will also follow the dynamic run of runner-up Marco Buechel of Liechtenstein and American Steven Nyman’s seventh-place finish, not to mention Bode Miller’s and Andrew Weibrecht’s spills.

Televised race action continues on Dec. 20, with back-to-back airings of the super-G and giant slalom races. The super-G show will get things started at 3 p.m. Mountain, followed by the GS at 4 p.m.

Svindal will once again take center stage, courtesy of his second win in super-G, along with the return of Austrian veteran Hermann Maier to the podium with his runner-up showing. In the GS, Austrian Benjamin Raich edges American Ted Ligety by a mere one-hundredth of a second, while Svindal earns his third Birds of Prey podium with a third-place finish.

The 2008 Birds of Prey World Cup is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on Birds of Prey, visit http://www.bcworldcup.com. For more information on the Foundation, contact (970) 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.


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