U.S. Men poised to pounce on Birds of Prey

Steven Nyman at Birds of Prey in 2009

Go figure: the American women have no trouble winning World Cup races in Europe, but they draw a blank in Aspen. The men? Not quite as winning in Europe, but they OWN the Audi Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek, where they have reached the podium 15 times in 14 years, with five first-place finishes since 2003.

“We love going home to Beaver Creek, it’s an awesome hill with every element of modern downhill,” Head Coach Sasha Rearick says on the U.S. Ski Team web site.  “We’re also super stoked to have a super G back in Beaver Creek, not just because we love it, all nations see Birds as one of the best super G trails in the world.” Read the whole story.

See for yourself when the world’s best men, including three-time winner and U.S. superstar Bode Miller, make their only American stop this weekend, skiing downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom in races Friday through Sunday. Get event details here (downhill training starts Wednesday).

Can’t make it in person? NBC will feature the downhill at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday (Dec. 5). Versus will carry a full broadcast package from Beaver Creek with the downhill and super G airing on Dec. 11 at 4 and 5 p.m. ET respectively.

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