Vail celebrates champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn
VAIL, Colorado—Over 750 residents and guests of the Vail Valley turned out for a unique opportunity to honor two great champions March 29 as the Vail Valley Foundation and Vail Resorts hosted the “Celebration of Champions” event, in partnership with the Town of Vail, to honor Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin. The free public event took place at Mountain Plaza at the base of Vail Mountain.
Despite missing the final three downhill races of the season due to an injury she suffered during the World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria, Vonn still managed to claim the World Cup downhill title by virtue of her trio of early-season victories. That crystal globe brings her career total to four overall crowns and 13 event titles.
At just 18, Shiffrin firmly laid claim to her star status with four World Cup slalom wins en route to capturing the World Cup slalom title this past winter. On the way, she also picked up the slalom gold medal at the Schladming World Ski Championships.
“We are truly honored to say that the Vail Valley is home to this pair of great international champions,” explained Andy Daly, Mayor of Vail. “We could not ask for better ambassadors to inspire the next generation of skiers in our community.”
In addition to special presentations, the Celebration of Champions event also included free music, an autograph opportunity and the chance to be part of a community photo. At the conclusion of the event, all participants were invited to join Vonn and Shiffrin on and around the stage for a group photo that will be utilized to promote the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
“Not every community can say that two of best ski racers in the world call our valley home,” offered Chris Jarnot, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Vail. “We could not be more proud of their accomplishments and look forward to even greater things to come, especially as we look ahead to the 2015 World Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek.”
Scheduled from February 2-15 of 2015, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek are expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, with an estimated 750 million worldwide television viewers and an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members.
For additional information on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, visit www.vailbeavercreek2015.com.