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2013 Alpine Ski World Championships

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Decision in about 10 minutes.
Cortina, Schladming, St. Moritz or Vail.
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announcement coming via live video stream on fisski.com
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It's Schladming.
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Tough on the Vail Valley Foundation. That's 7 alpine championships in a row in Europe now...
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That's the usual rub with the FIS, though: they go within their comfort zone more often than not, and in recent years all the lobbying in the world from non-Alpine venues has fallen on mostly deaf ears.

Look at the appeals to hold the early season races in December 2006: Vail/Beaver Creek and Copper Mountain lobbied extremely hard to pick up races that were being canceled in France, and what happened? The FIS governors set crazy fundraising standards that essentially handed the races to Reiteralm, Austria - an area with deep connections to members of the FIS Alpine Committee.

Politics: it's everywhere it shouldn't be.

Not that Schladming won't host a quality event - they're quite good at such things - but Vail Valley really has a more reliable venue in terms of snow and infrastructure.
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Outstanding...

...the next Summer Olympics is in China, the 2014 Winter Olympics is in Russia, the next FIS World Championships is in Austria (of course)...and the US has arguably the best snow and facilities in the world, and has consistently hosted the best Summer Olympics. What's wrong with this picture?
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Originally Posted by SkiRacer55 View Post
...the next FIS World Championships is in Austria
To be precise, the next one is in France and the one after that in Germany.
And to be fair, the next Winter Olympics are in North America.
Perhaps the delegates had reservations about awarding the event to a nation which doesn't televise the sport - even in a season when their athletes won both large globes?
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Originally Posted by songfta View Post
That's the usual rub with the FIS, though: they go within their comfort zone more often than not, and in recent years all the lobbying in the world from non-Alpine venues has fallen on mostly deaf ears.
That may be partly because they got badly-burned with "proselytizing" Worlds in far-flung places in 93 and 95. The former was badly weather-affected and the latter was cancelled entirely - or rather "postponed" - by a whole year.
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Does the FIS publish any rankings or ratings of the bid, so that we can see what the supposed strengths and weaknesses are?

I attended the combined race at Beaver Creek this season, and was pretty skeptical about having a world championships there. There were very few spectators. If not for the busloads of local kids in their "2013" hats, the stands would have been less than half full. And those were pretty small grandstands.

There isnt much room for spectators near the course, and its not set up so that you can hike up alongside to watch from up close. For the slalom event in particular, that took away a lot of the drama. The "crowd" was very quiet and subdued. Compare that to pictures of the crowd at this year's slalom in Schladming. Unbelievable.

Was anyone at the 1999 championships when they were there? What was it like for spectators?
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Not bad. I think about 15,000 for the men's DH. But still, way fewer than in Schladming - and certainly less drunk
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While the US might have the best snow, I sincerely doubt we'd put on the best event as far as sponsorships, media coverage, and actual fan attendance...
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How can you get fan attendance when most of the media won't even talk about the sport. We as skiers are a small group who may take the time to go to a special event, but the masses in the USA don't know the difference between a snowski or waterski.
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