Beaver Creek, Colo. - Nov. 13, 2002 - Top racers from the US and Austrian ski teams began speed training this morning in Beaver Creek in preparation for the upcoming Birds of Prey Downhill and Super G World Cup races at Beaver Creek, Dec. 7-8, 2002. Beaver Creek has received the most early season snow to date in the resort's 22-year history according to mountain record books. Additional snowfall is forecasted for this evening.
Leading the Austrian team training is Stephan Eberharter, three-time medallist at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and the number one ranked skier in the 2002-2003 overall World Cup standings. The US team training features Super G World Champion Daron Rahlves, Marco Sullivan - ninth place finisher in the downhill at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games - and Jakub Fiala of Frisco, CO. Beaver Creek is the only resort in the United States to provide early season speed training (downhill and super G training) for the world's top skiers.
The Austrian and US men's and women's teams will continue speed training in Beaver Creek throughout the week. Starting Saturday, Nov. 16, Beaver Creek will usher in additional national teams representing Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland.
Beaver Creek opens to the public for the 2002-2003 season Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002 with record snowfall, allowing the resort to open more than half of its total terrain, served by seven lifts, including Rose Bowl, Larkspur Bowl and Grouse Mountain. For information on the Birds of Prey Downhill, lodging and lift ticket packages, family programs and booking a vacation to Beaver Creek this winter, visit www.beavercreek.com or call (800) 404-3535.
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