Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vail will host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Beaver Creek/Vail (Colorado, USA) will host the 2015 World Championships. The announcement took place today at the Sheraton Voyager Antalya Hotel, Resort & Spa at ca. 19:00 local time (18.00 CET).
Vail previously hosted the event in 1989 and 1999, won out over St. Moritz, Switzerland, which hosted the event in 2003, and Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, host of the 1956 Winter Olympics. Vail won in a first round decision (Vail 8 votes, Cortina 4 votes, St Moritz 3 votes).
The live election feed on the Ski Federation's website said Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz was thanking everyone who contributed to the bid just moments after the announcement.
"Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts are honored to be selected as the hosts for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships by the International Ski Federation", said Rob Katz, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "Our resorts and the Vail Valley have demonstrated a meaningful commitment to the sport of ski racing producing the best competitions in the world. We are thrilled to focus international attention on our iconic slopes and community during the winter of 2015. We are especially appreciative of the efforts put forth by Ceil Folz and the Vail Valley Foundation in securing this nomination and we are thankful to the delegates who cast their votes in favor of bringing the 2015 Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek".
"!!! I'm so excited!!!! Congrats to everyone in Vail and for all of your hard work!", local hero Lindsey Vonn posted on her Facebook Fan page.
Plans for the 2015 World Championships will begin immediately as World Cup racing action returns to the Vail Valley Dec. 3-5, 2010 for the Men's Birds of Prey World Cup.
The U.S. has hosted the event three other times, including Aspen's hosting the event in 1950.
The election took place during the FIS 47th International Ski Congress in Antalya (TUR).The 2010 Congress celebrates the 100th anniversary of the very first International Ski Congress that was held in Christiania (later renamed Oslo), on 18th February 1910.