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BOPTOR - Men's Downhill on a Hybrid Course For 2013



Don't worry. You know that racers like Aksel Lund Svindal will be ready to race on the Raptor based hybrid course. And Talon Crew will be ready too!



(Read more below from John LaConte's article published October 13, 2013 in the Vail Daily)

Plan: Men, women to share downhill course
John LaConte
jlaconte@vaildaily.com

BEAVER CREEK — For ski racing fans, Birds of Prey will be the center of the universe for two straight weeks this year.
With the World Alpine Ski Championships coming to the Vail Valley in 2015, the U.S. leg of the International Ski Federation calendar will look fairly different than in years past due to the women’s 2015 World Championships test event, which will run just prior to the annual men’s Birds of Prey World Cup at Beaver Creek.
The original plan was to have the women’s event run after the men’s World Cup, but the calendar was changed to have the women go before the men in an effort to keep the European teams from having to spend too much time in North America in December.
As a result, both the men and the women will likely race on the same downhill course, a hybrid of both the men’s and the women’s courses, starting with the women’s course at the top of the run and crossing over into the men’s course for the second half.
“They had no choice,” said former World Cup racer and Vail Valley resident Patrik Jaerbyn, who sits on the board of directors for the 2015 organizing committee. “There’s no way you can have two full downhill tracks ready in the beginning of December.”
So a compromise was made to have both the men and the women race on the same downhill course.
“This course solution will feature the top half of the new Raptor ladies’ course and the bottom half of the Birds of Prey men’s course for all races,” said John Dakin, a spokesperson for the 2015 local organizing committee.
Since racers must have a few training runs in before the actual competition, the first women’s downhill training run will occur on Nov. 26, one day before the mountain begins its regular operations for the 2013-14 season.
Training runs will go for three days before the official runs of the World Championship test event commence on Nov. 29. More of an exhibition than an actual World Cup event, the results won’t count toward the women’s World Cup points, but will still serve as a nice indicator of how things are shaping up for the 2013-14 season and beyond.
The women’s event wraps up on Dec. 1, and the men will then begin training runs two days later on Dec. 3. Men will race super-G on Dec. 6, downhill on Dec. 7 and giant slalom on Dec. 8. The downhill courses won’t be the exact same, as the gates will be in different places, but for the men used to racing on “America’s Downhill,” as the Beaver Creek course is known, this year will be a new experience.
However, there is at least one factor that could get the men back on the course to which they’re accustomed.
“If Mother Nature is incredibly generous with early season snow, this plan may change,” said Doug Haney, of the U.S. Ski Team.


Welcome to 2013!

Talon Crew Birds of Prey Raptor Beaver Creek

And stay with us on our way to 2015...



2012

Scroll through to see action shots of Ted Ligety, Matteo Marsaglia, Christof Innerhofer, Aksel Lund Svindal, Marcel Hirscher and many more of the outstanding ski racers on Birds of Prey in Beaver Creek.


Christof Innerhofer - 2012 Men's Downhill Winner


Marcel Hirscher (AUT)

Ted Ligety (USA) was untouchable once again and dominated the rest of the field, winning by a margin of 1.76 seconds.

Ted Ligety (USA) GS - 1st Run
















2012 - Uniform Distribution





  2012 - Early Course Work













Ellen Galbraith











Hydration
Dehydration






2011

Download your complimentary 2011 Birds of Prey Race Winners booklet.


What a year 2011 was!  Lindsay Vonn won the historic, inaugural "Chicks of Prey" Women's Super G race. 

Ted Ligety and Marcel Hirscher dualed in Giant Slalom races, each winning one.  And Bode Miller reigned supreme, winning the Men's Downhill race.      DOWNLOAD HERE (pdf).







What a year 2011 was!  Lindsay Vonn won the historic, inaugural "Chicks of Prey" Women's Super G race.


Lindsay Vonn (USA)


 Canadian World Cup Ski Racer Jan Hudec with a "Habs" (Montreal Canadians) fan in a beer environment.

Oh Canada!

























Lindsay Vonn (USA)




Ted Ligety and Marcel Hirscher dualed in Giant Slalom races, each winning one.  And Bode Miller reigned supreme, winning the Men's Downhill race. 

Didier Cushe made his final racing appearance at Birds of Prey, as he announced his retirement at the end of this World Cup Season.

Didier Cuche (SUI)


And Talon Crew volunteers proved they were capable of just about anything, easily accommodating the extra Val d'Isere races caused by their lack of snow.




 Marco Buechel (LIE) (center) performing Gate Judging duties as part of Aaron's team, today.

Marco retired from the World Cup circuit a few years ago and told me he wanted to come volunteer with Talon Crew and work at the Brink.  He described it as a special place in all of ski racing.  He described needing big pieces of anatomy to ski it properly.  I don't think he was talking about ears.