Squaw Valley proposed as 2017 World Cup alpine racing site
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has selected Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows as the proposed site of an Audi FIS Ski World Cup in 2017.
The North Lake Tahoe resort is a candidate for a March 2017 World Cup that would include giant slalom and slalom races. The International Ski Federation will make its final decision on the 2016-17 calendar this June at the FIS Congress meeting in Cancun.
“Part of growing up in Squaw Valley is its legacy of developing world-class athletes and playing host to world-class events like the 1960 Olympics,” said Olympic champion and Squaw Valley native Julia Mancuso.
“America has always had great ski champions, but they are often overshadowed by the vast number of European venues. Bringing the World Cup to Squaw Valley will build more awareness of the World Cup tour in America. As an Olympian, I appreciate that Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows has been so proactive about supporting our athletes and the U.S. Ski Team.”
With the 2017 season culminating in the March 15-19 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Aspen, the USSA had a unique opportunity to schedule an additional women’s World Cup weekend in the USA leading into the Finals.
Squaw Valley was selected by the USSA as a candidate based on its strong history of managing large events and the rich heritage of alpine ski racing in the area. The proposed event would be Friday and Saturday, March 10-11, 2017, with Squaw Valley a stop for the tour between the Olympic test events in PyeongChang, South Korea, and Aspen.
“Squaw Valley represents another opportunity for us to highlight stars like Julia Mancuso, Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin to our American audience on the eve of the Aspen World Cup Finals here in the USA,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw.
The proposal is for Squaw Valley to hold the races on its Red Dog run. The venue was the host for the 2013 and 2014 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, attracting large crowds of kids who came to see their favorite ski racing stars.
“It is an honor to be chosen by our national governing body to play host to an Audi FIS Ski World Cup, particularly when one considers the many great mountains around the world that seek to play host to a FIS World Cup event,” said Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows President and CEO Andy Wirth.
If selected, the event will mark the first World Cup race at Squaw Valley since 1969. The event will be broadcast across American on NBC and NBCSN, and will be seen during primetime evening hours in Europe as well as across the globe.
The 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup calendar, including the World Cup Finals in Aspen and the proposed weekend at Squaw Valley, will be finalized by the international federation at its June 6-10 FIS Congress.
“I really hope that we get to race at Squaw Valley next year on the World Cup circuit,” said Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin. “The hill is awesome, definitely meets World Cup standards and the atmosphere is so cool. It’s a relaxed and fun West Coast ski town. With the added pressure of competition, it will be amazing.”
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