Vail to host World Championship Nation’s Team event

Vail scored its own little piece of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships as the FIS announced that Golden Peak would be the site of the Nation's Team event. Organizers couldn't be happier about about having a venue that feeds right into the heart of the resort.

The final piece of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships competition puzzle was put in place May 24, 2011, as International Ski Federation (FIS) race professionals Guenter Hujara and Helmuth Schmalzl gave organizers the green light to host the Nations Team event during the Championships on Vail Mountain's Golden Peak

“Golden Peak will be a great venue for the Nations Team event during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships,” said Hujara. “The spectators will be able to see the entire course from the finish and it will be a fantastic promotion for the sport.” 

The decision is a result of consultation with the Vail Town Council, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Tridem Sports, along with the FIS, according to a release. “With the 10 individual men’s and women’s medal competitions already slated for Beaver Creek, the decision maintains a Vail ski racing legacy dating back to opening of the resort in 1962.”

“We are pleased to be able to finalize our competition venues with this decision,” said Ceil Folz, President of the Vail Valley Foundation and President of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Organizing Committee. “Vail has been a major force in ski racing since opening its doors to the world and it is only fitting that they continue that role in 2015.” 

The Nations Team event features a parallel giant slalom format, with four-person national teams, comprised of two men and two women. The winning teams advance through a bracket format, with the final four nations battling for the gold, silver and bronze World Championship medals.

“Vail has a long and proud legacy in ski racing dating back to the first season of the FIS World Cup,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt, who is also a vice president of the FIS. "The Team Event has proven to be very popular with spectators and television showcasing the stars of each nation in a head-to-head format." 

In addition to the Nations Team event, Golden Peak will also be the site of the men’s Slalom and Giant Slalom qualification races, as well as the World Championships Opening Ceremonies and nightly entertainment.

Scheduled from February 3-15, the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, along with an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members.

--Peter Kray

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