U.S. Ski Team members Travis Ganong and Nick Daniels along with coach TJ Lanning thank members of the Talon Crew at the downhill start Wednesday morning (Doug Haney/U.S. Ski Team)
BEAVER CREEK, CO (Dec. 4) - Over a foot of overnight snow and a forecast for continuous snow throughout the day has canceled the second of three Audi Birds of Prey downhill training runs scheduled for Beaver Creek. The opening training run slated for Tuesday was also called due to complications in athlete travel out of Calgary, Alberta - also due to snow. The rough start to racing in Beaver Creek translates to great news for Colorado resorts as they prepare for the busy holiday season. U.S. Ski Team athletes including Travis Ganong (Sqauw Valley, CA), Nick Daniels (Tahoe City, CA) and Jared Goldberg (Holladay, UT) took full advantage of the opportunity to get in some powder skiing and also spent time thanking the Best in the World volunteer Talon Crew for the incredible effort they put into course preparation. All three Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races will be broadcast same-day along with the final downhill training run slated for Thursday.
Audi Birds of Prey downhill training was canceled for a second straight day Wednesday at Beaver Creek Resort due to over a foot of overnight snow and a forecast for continuous snow throughout the day.
The first scheduled day of training was also called due to athlete travel complications out of Calgary, Alberta - also due to snow.
A third and final training run is slated for Thursday before competition begins Friday with the legendary Audi Birds of Prey downhill.
Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT), Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA) and Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, CA) are among the top U.S. Ski Team athletes slated to start the season's second downhill.
All three Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races and Thursdays downhill training are slated to be broadcast same-day (complete schedule below) as Beaver Creek prepares to host the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
QUOTES Ted Ligety Beaver Creek consistently sets the standard for hill preparation. It's a place we never have to worry about because we know – regardless of the weather – the track will be awesome. Bad weather is nothing new to them and I'm not the least bit worried that the track will be perfect when the snow lets up.
Travis Ganong Birds of Prey is truly the best prepared track we race on all season and that has every bit to do with the hard work of the volunteer Talon Crew. We don't see them while their up there early and on the hill late, but we definitely appreciate the incredible effort they put into making Beaver Creek the best stop on the World Cup tour.
I was up at the downhill start this morning to thank those guys and they'd already been up there for a while. The temps were around zero but they told me they were staying warm by taking powder laps to stay warm. That's how you can tell these guys are passionate about skiing.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE Audi Birds of Prey – Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Thur. Dec. 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m. EST – Men’s downhill training – LIVE – Universal Sports Fri. Dec. 6, 10:00-11:00 p.m. EST – Men’s downhill – SAME DAY – NBCSN Sat. Dec. 7, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST – Men’s super G – LIVE – NBCSN Sun. Dec. 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST – Men's weekend highlights - NBC Sun. Dec. 8, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST – Men’s giant slalom – LIVE - NBC
ENCORE PRESENTATIONS Tues. Dec. 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST – Men’s super G – Universal Sports Network Sun. Dec. 22, 9:00-10:00 a.m. EST – Men's downhill – Universal Sports Network