Speed Skiing Returns to Colorado


Snowmass Village, CO, Feb. 4, 2002--The fastest skiers in the world willconverge on Snowmass Mountain Feb. 25-28 to compete in two internationalspeed skiing events. Monday and Tuesday, racers will compete for $8,000 inprize money and the title of US National Champion. Racing will heat upWednesday and Thursday with the first stop on the FIS Speed Skiing WorldCup.

These races will feature the purest and most extreme form of ski racing, as90 competitors from 14 countries exercise their mastery of aerodynamics.Riding 240 cm skis, wearing bullet-shaped helmets, rubberized suits, andwings behind their calves, these athletes will reach speeds up to 125 mph.Racers will accelerate from 0 to 125 mph in less than 16 seconds on the 3/4mile pitch.

"The sound is what's really compelling." said Jeff Hamilton, Aspen/SnowmassFreeride Team member and the first man to break the 150 mile per hourbarrier on skis. "When racers ski by, spectators will think they're hearingjet engines."

The Speed Skiing World Cup will visit America for the first time since 1991and be the fastest event on this year's tour. It will feature America'sfastest skier, Aspen's Jeff Hamilton (151 mph), seven-time National Championand four-time World Champion. He will be competing against Jukka Viitasaariof Finland, the current World Champion, and Philippe Goitschel of France,three-time World Champion.

The fastest women in the world will also compete, including Karine Dubochetof France (144.6 mph) and Carolyn Curl of the United States (143.9 mph).

Exhibitions of "Bike Speed" and "Speed Snowboard" will also take place. Theraces take place at Snowmass on the newly enlarged speed skiing venue underthe Sam's Knob high-speed quad chair, providing easy access for competitorsand spectators.

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