City will give funds to event

City Council to give $12.5K to Disabled World Cup

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The Steamboat Springs City Council agreed to give $12,500 to the 2005 Disabled World Cup, but not without concerns that the city would be without a Nordic Combined World Cup this December.

In 2004, the city budgeted $25,000 to go toward the 2005 Nordic Combined World Cup, which would have come in December. City Director of Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Chris Wilson told the council Tuesday night that the International Ski Federation had not scheduled a World Cup event in Steamboat for 2005.

Wilson asked that part of the $25,000 allocation go to the 2005 Disabled World Cup, which is being held in Steamboat Springs this week. The city's original allocation had $12,500 going toward construction and $12,500 going toward sponsorship of the Nordic World Cup.

"I support this and that we continue to do whatever we can to pursue the Nordic World Cup," Councilman Ken Brenner said.

Brenner questioned why the Nordic Combined World Cup event would not return to Steamboat in 2005 and 2006 and noted its importance to the community.

Wilson said the FIS wants to change the venues of the World Cups every season and include Park City, Utah, and Canada in the World Cup events, rather than hold them in Steamboat each year.

Last January, the city agreed to spend $20,000 to host a 2005 Nordic Combined World Cup B event in December. The city had hopes that hosting a World Cup B event last year would mean bringing back a World Cup A event, the larger and more recognized competition, in 2005 and 2006.

The 2003-04 season was the first time in nine years that a World Cup event was not held in Steamboat Springs.

When Winter Sports Club Director Rick DeVos came before the council last January, he said bringing back World Cups to Steamboat largely lies in the hands of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the sponsors they find to support the event. On off-Olympic years, those sponsors can be hard to find, and organizations often look at how many athletes they can get on the podium and what the cost per athlete is before spending the money, he said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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