June 14, 2007
PARK CITY, UTAH - (USSA News Bureau Release) - Four U.S. resorts will host 23 World Cup ski or snowboard competitions for the 2008 season, the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has announced. The lineup includes the American debut of a World Cup event with the newest Olympic ski discipline, ski cross, at Deer Valley Resort in Utah, and the return of women's downhill racing to Colorado's Aspen Mountain.
"Bringing women's World Cup downhill back to American soil and the addition of ski cross to the U.S. calendar is an incredible opportunity for our sports and our athletes as we prepare for the 2010 Olympics," said USSA Vice President of Events Calum Clark. "It's through our outstanding venue partners of Aspen, Beaver Creek, Deer Valley, and Lake Placid that we continue to host such high level competitions that inspire young skiers and snowboarders to pursue their own Olympic aspirations."
The United States will host seven alpine races, 12 freestyle contests and four snowboard competitions. The worldwide schedules were approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS), the international governing body for skiing and snowboarding, at its annual committee meetings in Portoroz, Slovenia. The World Cup events at U.S. resorts in the 2008 season are:
Nov. 29 - Dec. 2: Beaver Creek, CO (men's super combined, downhill, super G, giant slalom)
Dec. 7-9: Aspen, CO (women's downhill, super G, slalom)
Jan. 18-20: Lake Placid, NY (men's and women's moguls, aerials, moguls)
Feb. 1-2: Deer Valley Resort in Park City, UT (men's and women's aerials*, ski cross, dual moguls*)
March 1 and 3: Lake Placid, NY (men's and women's snowboardcross and parallel giant slalom)
(*Denotes night event)
U.S. men have enjoyed historic success in Beaver Creek in recent years during the Visa Birds of Prey races, winning the downhill for three consecutive years, adding a giant slalom victory and producing seven other top-3s in the same period.
Ski cross, which will be introduced at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, has been a part of the FIS World Cup circuit since the 2003 season and debuted at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships at Ruka, Finland, in 2005. Deer Valley Resort will host the 2011 World Championships that will include moguls, dual moguls, aerials, ski halfpipe and ski cross. Deer Valley was the 2002 Olympic venue for freestyle and host of the 2003 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships. Last January, Nate Roberts (Park City, UT) and Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA) won the men's and women's moguls contests while Jeret "Speedy" Peterson (Boise, ID) set two world records in winning an aerials event in a snowstorm and went on to win again 24 hours later.
Olympic champion Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA), who produced the best U.S. women's World Cup season since 1984 last winter, and Lindsey Kildow (Vail, CO), silver medalist in downhill and super G at Worlds, will headline the Aspen races. This season marks the 40th anniversary of Aspen's first alpine World Cup races when men and women raced downhill, giant slalom and slalom in 1968, the second year of the official alpine World Cup schedule. It also will be the first women's DH in Aspen since 1988.
Entering its fourth consecutive season as a World Cup snowboarding host, Lake Placid has seen U.S. riders produce 16 podiums, including eight wins at Whiteface. Back-to-back SBX world champion Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT) is undefeated in Lake Placid and clinched the 2007 World Cup SBX title with two straight wins last winter. The 1980 Olympic mountain again will host an SBX race while PGS will return to the U.S. calendar for the first time since 2006. Olympic PGS bronze medalist Chris Klug (Aspen, CO), and '06 Olympians Michelle Gorgone and Tyler Jewell (both Sudbury, MA) will be aiming to hiit the podium in front of American fans. The FIS tour directors for each sport develop the various World Cup calendars together with national associations, such as USSA. Annual approval is by the respective sport committee and the FIS Council.