Early American success buoys spirits at World Championships
Editor’s note: John Garnsey, CEO of Beaver Creek, Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, and Kurt Krieg, vice president of operations for the Vail Valley Foundation, are in St. Moritz, Switzerland, for the 2003 World Alpine Ski Championships. They will be sending back periodic dispatches to the Vail Daily this week.
Feb. 3, 2003
Monday produced another exciting day here in St. Moritz. As Jonna Mendez remarked at the U.S.A. House celebration Monday night, who would have thought that the United States would have earned half of the medals awarded so far!
There was plenty to celebrate at both the U.S.A. and Austria Houses and the camaraderie that developed between the two teams was evident as they each participated in the other’s private celebrations.
Jonna was the highlight of the awards celebration as she captured the podium moment by taking her own pictures! For the Vail contingent, the final celebration of the night was a toast at Casa Italia for Pepi and Sheika Gramshammer’s 39th wedding anniversary.
We continue to meet with delegates from the various nations to discuss the possibility of a Vail bid for 2009 World Alpine Ski Championships. There is tremendous support for Vail, but challenges lie ahead and the FIS council will meet on Friday to decide if a three-event bid (alpine, snowboard and freestyle) is possible.
We’ve also seen a lot of skiing greats, including Luc Alphand and Gustavo Theoni, who will becoming to Vail for the American Ski Classic in March.
St. Moritz was blessed with six inches of snow and the race crew did a great job of clearing the course for women’s training Tuesday. However, continued heavy snow forced the cancellation of the men’s training.
Tuesday evening, we have been invited as the guests of the Olympic Committee to a reception for the World Championships.
John Garnsey, Ceil Folz and Kurt Krieg
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.