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    The Birds of Prey racecourse was built during the summer of 1997 in anticipation of the 1999 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.  It was designed by Olympic Downhill gold medalist Bernhard Russi of Switzerland.

    The first competition on Birds of Prey took place on December 4, 1997, with two World Cup men’s Downhills and a Super-G.  The course was officially opened with a ceremonial Native American blessing, performed by tribal elder Red Ute.

    Germany’s Stefan Krauss was the first racer down Birds of Prey in the opening day of training, while Italy’s Kristian Ghedina was the first race winner. The remaining two competitions were won by Austrians Andreas Schifferer and Hermann Maier.

    During the 1999 World Championships, Birds of Prey was the site for the first ever gold medal tie as Maier and Norway’s Lasse Kjus earned Super-G gold

    The fastest World Cup or World Championships Downhill race time from the top start ever recorded on Birds of Prey is 1:39.59, courtesy of American Daron Rahlves.

    Austria’s Hermann Maier owns a record eight career victories on Birds of Prey.

    In 2009, Switzerland’s Carlo Janka made history, winning all three races contested in Beaver Creek. The feat marked the first time a racer has been victorious in three World Cup races on three consecutive days since Jean Claude Killy turned the trick in 1967.

    In 2011, American Lindsey Vonn became the first woman to win a World Cup race on Birds of Prey, capturing the transplanted Super-G from Val d’Isere, France.

    Beaver Creek has organized FIS World Cup competitions since 1988, while Vail’s involvement with World Cup racing dates back to the inaugural year of the World Cup tour in 1967.

    The transplanted Val d’Isere Super-G race in 2011 was won by Lindsey Vonn (USA), while Fabinenne Suter (SUI) placed second and Anna Fenninger (AUT) finished third. 


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  • Americans Miller and Ligety on the podium

    A one-two American punch in giant slalom

    In today’s giant slalom race in Beaver Creek, the story line stayed the same with a small twist. There was Ted Ligety sitting atop the field. But his fellow podium mates changed as teammate Bode Miller finished in a surprising second place 0.22 seconds off the pace. Austrian Marcel Hirscher picked up yet another podium finish just over a half second off the mark. 

  • Guay leads Beaver Creek training

    Erik Guay wins downhill training in Beaver Creek

    After two cancellations, Thursday was finally a lucky day in Beaver Creek and Erik Guay came out on top of the only training run on the Raptor/Birds of Prey hybrid course before tomorrow’s official race.

  • Jessica Lindell-Vikarby wins Beaver Creeks GS

    Jessica Lindell-Vikarby earns first World Cup GS win in Beaver Creek

    Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby won Beaver Creek giant slalom race, clocking a combined time of 2:17.92, just 0.09 seconds faster than local hero Mikaela Shiffrin. In third position and starting with bib 29, Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather climbed onto her second podium of the week

  • Lara Gut wins SG in Beaver Creek 2013

    Lara Gut makes it two in a row at Beaver Creek

    Switzerland's Lara Gut was unstoppable on the Raptor super g course today. With a winning time of 1:18.42, she defeated two Austrians with Anna Fenninger in second (+0.92) and Nicole Hosp in third position (+1.11).

  • Lara Gut handling the Raptor

    Lara Gut starts the Raptor legend!

    Lara Gut confirmed how strong she is at the moment. She had a blast on the very technically demanding Raptor. She dealt with the 2.530 meters and the 710 meters vertical drop course in an incredible way to clock the best time of the day in 1:41.26, edging out Tina Weirather and Elena Fanchini at the top of the timesheets.

  • Lara Gut - Beaver Creek

    Lara Gut flying on Raptor in final training run

    Switzerland's Lara Gut showcased her incredible talent to set the fastest time this morning, recording a time of 1:40.76, 1.2 seconds less than yesterday’s Stacey Cook best time. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather took 2nd, 1.18 seconds off the pace, while Slovena's Ilka Stuhec finished 3rd, 1.68 seconds back.