Beaver Creek, Colorado – Construction began Monday, July 2, on the new 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships women's downhill course at Beaver Creek Mountain. The new track will feature similar terrain to the legendary Birds of Prey World Cup men's downhill and will host to women’s downhill, combined downhill and super G during the February 3-15, 2015 World Championships.
"The new women's downhill will be a showcase for athletes like Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso, just as Birds of Prey has been for our U.S. Ski Team men like Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Daron Rahlves," explained Bill Marolt, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
The course, skiers right of Birds of Prey, is scheduled to make its international debut December 14-15, 2013, as the women's World Cup travels to Beaver Creek for downhill and super G competitions. Both the men's and women's events will finish at the new Red Tail Stadium.
In addition to the women's downhill, Beaver Creek will also construct a new track on Raven Ridge, located skier’s left of Birds of Prey, to host the women’s giant slalom and slalom competitions during the Championships. Crews will also begin the process of reconfiguring the current Red Tail Stadium finish arena, with work including re-grading the finish and moving the existing timing building to the east side of the finish area. All individual events will finish in the new stadium.
"Winning a super G on the men’s Birds of Prey track last winter was a huge highlight in my career," said Lindsey Vonn, Olympic downhill gold medalist and four-time Audi FIS Alpine World Cup overall champion. "I have no doubt the new women’s downhill will be every bit as thrilling to race as the men’s hill and I fully intend to be competing for gold on my home snow in 2015."
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