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A Day at the Races (2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships)

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My brother and I spent Friday being volunteers from Ski and Snowboard Club Vail at the Ladies' DH and Mens' DH Training on Friday, the 6th. We were assigned to slip the Ladies' DH then the Mens' prior to them running. After we were done the Mens' slipping Steven was 'assigned' to slip the Ladies down to Pump House where he got his pictures. I was assigned to be a runner at Golden Eagle.

 

My pictures: http://1drv.ms/1ALwe6y

My brother's pictures: http://1drv.ms/1ALvOx3

 

Here is a sampling of my brother's pictures:

Jennifer Pilot (FRA

 

Lindsey Vonn (USA)

 

The pictures above were taken from Lift 9.

 

The rest were taken course-side.

 

Matthias Mayer (AUT)

 

Hannes Reichelt ( AUT)

Andrew Weibrecht (USA)

post #2 of 16
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I was reassigned as a 'runner' for the Mens' run. I was stationed at Golden Eagle.

Werner Heel (ITA)
 

Steve Nyman (USA)

 

Steve Nyman (USA)

 

Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR)

 

Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR)

 

Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR)

post #3 of 16
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Some miscellaneous shots:

 

Looking up from Pete's Arena at the Brink

 

Down past Pump House towards Screech Owl

 

The new stands at the finish stadium

 

The finish area from Red Tail jump.

post #4 of 16

awesome pictures!

post #5 of 16

Great shots, cool that you could identify the racers.  I've been at Beaver Creek skiing four days in the last week.  Never got as close to the racers as you, but had fun spectating some training runs and Men's DH on Saturday.  Huge crowd for that, maybe 30,000?, with many watching from the trails and hillsides around course.  Thanks for sharing your photos!

post #6 of 16

Great pix - thx for sharing!  Thumbs Up

 

Were you guys back out there when Ondrej Bank crashed at the end of his downhill run in the combined yesterday? That looked just awful, and the ensuing delay and course work apparently was a negative for Ligety, who was up just after Bank.

 

Also, did you hear any scuttlebutt amongst the course workers about the gate panels? Bode and others were complaining (with good reason) they didn't tear away easily enough.

 

Lastly MR, you raced when younger, and still race Masters. What's it like for you to see those WC skiers on the downhill? Be interesting to hear your impressions.

post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by jc-ski View Post
 

Great pix - thx for sharing!  Thumbs Up

 

Were you guys back out there when Ondrej Bank crashed at the end of his downhill run in the combined yesterday? That looked just awful, and the ensuing delay and course work apparently was a negative for Ligety, who was up just after Bank.

 

Also, did you hear any scuttlebutt amongst the course workers about the gate panels? Bode and others were complaining (with good reason) they didn't tear away easily enough.

 

Lastly MR, you raced when younger, and still race Masters. What's it like for you to see those WC skiers on the downhill? Be interesting to hear your impressions.

 

We didn't go yesterday so didn't see the wreck. I watched the video and it reminded me of loosing a ski at the top of a pitch in a DH. I was lucky enough to be able to straight line it and finish standing up.

 

The panels we were working with were the orange ones for DH. No one had mentioned the SG panels as an issue. I think all of the panels and gates were new and just for the Championships. I never had to remove a panel so don't know how easy they slid off (or not), but they looked like standard panels with sleeves to go over the gates and bungies with buttons to hold them from sliding down.

 

I am in awe when I see these guys, especially from the Brink to Pete's arena. I had sharp skis and had trouble holding an edge and the snow, while watered/injected, wasn't absolutely consistent. It was buffed by the time they raced but the strength they have to hold on the steep ice is simply beyond anything I have experienced. Going over the Brink has to be extremely challenging mentally. You go from relatively flat to tremendously steep with very little reference point:

 

The first left footer over the Brink

 

and have to make a left footer (above), a right footer and another left footer. When you are going from the right footer to the left footer you are pointing straight down and into A-net. You make the turn or you are a fish. Very intimidating.

 

Surprisingly, the Golden Eagle looked a lot less challenging than it appears on TV. Of course you have the Abyss, Harrier and Red Tail to deal with right after landing, but... :-)

post #8 of 16
Wow, great photos. I was there Feb. 11-15 (I did a trip report) but how special to get to be ON the course.
post #9 of 16
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A few more photos from my brother of the Men's DH Race on Saturday (2/7).

 

Heel (ITA)

 

Nyman (USA)

 


Edited by MastersRacer - 2/20/15 at 9:10am
post #10 of 16
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Women's GS

 

Feiniger (AUT)

 

 

Mancuso (USA)

 

Vonn (USA)

post #11 of 16
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Men's GS

 

Rubie (USA)

 

Jitloff (USA)

 

Olsson (SWE)

 

Pinterault (FRA)

 

Neureuther (GER)

 

Hirscher (AUT)

 

And Ligety (USA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #12 of 16

awesome! 
one correction the DH 2/7 set, first pic is not Clarey (FRA) the suit clearly reads ITA ;)

post #13 of 16
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awesome! 
one correction the DH 2/7 set, first pic is not Clarey (FRA) the suit clearly reads ITA ;)

 

Thanks, corrected. It is Werner Heel. I mistook the round single digit bib number for 9, not 8. Doh! The suit was, of course, a dead giveaway.

post #14 of 16

Thanks MR................Great entertainment!

post #15 of 16

Great shots MR!

post #16 of 16

How did I miss this thread?  Nice shots.  Thanks for sharing. 

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