Beaver Creek ready for pre-Olympic World Cup

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 7, 2009 11:45 am

Beaver Creek is the only U.S. World Cup men’s stop prior to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and as usual, the resort will host the top Olympic hopefuls from across the world, including U.S. stars 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, three-time Birds of Prey winner and newly minted U.S. Ski Team member Bode Miller, and Beaver Creek podium skier Steven Nyman.

“Beaver Creek is always one of my favorite races,” said Ligety. “It’s good to take the Euro’s out of their element and it’s nice to have an event early in the season where Americans are the fan favorites.”

Ligety himself is always a favorite, having been on the Beaver Creek podium three times in the giant slalom. Miller, of course, is a favorite, too and a renegade to watch in the downhill event. In fact, the American men have a glittering record of success at Beaver Creek, with 15 podiums, including five wins since 2003. Miller accounts for three of those victories along with two additional top-three finishes.

The annual Audi Birds of Prey downhill kicks things off on Friday, Dec. 4 before the super combined on Saturday and the giant slalom Sunday.

“Beaver Creek will stop at nothing to deliver the very best race course for the annual Audi Birds of Prey Race Week,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Vice President of Events Calum Clark. “The Birds race crew takes great pride in their reputation for preparing a fast and technical race track that will test the very limits of the world’s best ski racers.”