Beaver Creek World Cup downhill shifts to Saturday for better viewing

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 19, 2009 8:46 am

FIS officials and organizers for the Audi Birds of Prey alpine ski World Cup at Beaver Creek (Dec. 4-6) shifted the race schedule Friday to allow for a bigger viewership. The showcase downhill event will now take place on Saturday. Dec. 5, instead of Friday, as originally planned. (The super combined event will now kick things off on Friday.)

The shift allows European broadcasters to air the entire men’s super combined during their prime air times, which increases the global audience for Beaver Creek, a candidate for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. (NBC will air the downhill on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. ET.) The schedule change will also allow for more American fans to attend the storied downhill event, and cheer on local ski heroes.

The U.S. Ski Team has a strong success record at the Beav, including 15 podiums, three of which were wins by Mr. Bode Miller. Olympic gold medalist and Park City local Ted Ligety and Steven Nyman also have multiple top 3 finishes between them.

2009 Audi Birds of Prey Schedule (all times local)

Thursday, Dec. 3 
5:30 p.m. MT: Public Bib Presentation and U.S. Ski Team autograph signing

Friday, Dec, 4
11 a.m. MT: Men’s super combined – downhill, 2:30 p.m. men’s super combined – slalom

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11 a.m. MT: Downhill

Sunday, Dec. 6
9:45 a.m. MT: Men’s giant slalom run one, 12:45 p.m. men’s giant slalom run two

For more information on the Audi Birds of Prey Race Week, please visit