Steamboat Springs When the fastest Alpine ski racers in the world come to Colorado early this winter, American fans will have an unprecedented chance to watch two World Cup competitions live on TV.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and NBC Sports Network has announced it will broadcast live the women’s Nature Valley Aspen International on Thanksgiving weekend and the men’s Audi Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek a week later.
The women’s racing in Aspen will include American Olympic medalists Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso in giant slalom and slalom races Nov. 24 and 25. Olympic medalists Ted Ligety and Bode Miller are expected to compete in a race program in Beaver Creek that will include downhill, giant slalom and super G races Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
The Alpine races are part of a larger TV package comprising 11 hours on NBC and 22 hours of coverage on NBC Sports Network. They include events to be broadcast from Telluride; Copper Mountain; Lake Placid, N.Y.; Deer Valley and Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah; and events in Squaw Valley and Heavenly in California.
The events in Park City and Copper Mountain will showcase freeskiing and snowboarding with next-day telecasts.
Taylor Fletcher featured on US Ski Team website
The U.S. Ski Team home page currently features an “athlete spotlight” on 2010 Olympic Nordic combined skier Taylor Fletcher, of Steamboat Springs.
Fletcher competed on the World Cup in 2012 but made headlines on the Continental Cup with six podium finishes in seven races. Taylor scored World Cup points in multiple events, with his best result at 14th on the 2013 World Championships course in Italy.
Fletcher told his interviewer that his biggest pet peeve is people who chew their food with their mouths open. Mind your manners around this Olympic skier.
Bruce’s Trail work session scheduled for Saturday
Nordic skiers who enjoy the early-season groomed track on Bruce’s Trail are encouraged to take part in a trail work session from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Most of the chores will involve removing logs, tree limbs and branches from the trails following efforts to widen the trials sufficiently to permit the use of a full-size groomer when snow cover is sufficient.
Volunteers should bring sturdy shoes, gloves and water.
People with carpentry skills are asked to bring a tool belt and a few hand tools so they can help modify the roof of the shed that protects the grooming equipment.
Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club members will earn work deposit hours for taking part.
Call cross-country coach Brian Tate at 970-734-7678 for more information.
To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com