Mens Downhill Event At Beaver Creek
By. Kevin Palmer
I got the opportunity to watch the mens downhill event at Beaver Creek the other day. This is an amazing thing to watch. The downhill is the premier event at the Birds of Prey World Cup ski races held anually at Beaver Creek. These guys ski down a run that reaches pitches up 45 degrees at speeds up 90 miles per hour!!! It's a truly amazing feat to witness. If that's not enough to keep you on the edge of your seat, leave it to wild man Bodie Miller to almost give you a heart attack with his near whip out. Bodie came down over the top of Golden Eagle steeps caring a little too much speed, got dumped into the 90 degree compression at the bottom and found himself way in the back seat at the steepest most technical part of the course. As only Bodie could, he managed to somehow recover and ski his way to 4th place!
The Swiss continued their dominate ways of the weekend with teamates Carlos Janka and Didier Cuche placing one and two respectively. Norway's Aksel Lund rounded out the podium. Up and coming American Andrew Weibrecht had a his best World Cup downhill finish in the 11th spot. Other notable American placements include: Marco Sullivan, 14th; Erik Fischer, 25th; Steve Nyman, 31st; Jeremy Transue 41st. It is just completely mind blowing to watch these athletes perform at this level in person. I heard on the local Vail morning show that it takes ski patrol 9 minutes to sweep the Birds of Prey run. These guys ski it top to bottom in about 1:45!! If you ever get the opportunity to see a World Cup event in person, do so.