Birds of Prey Winners and Champions

1967 - Present

2015

     
Norway Aksel Lund Svindal  (DH)  
Aut Marcel Hirscher (SG)  
Aut Marcel Hirscher (GS)  
       

2014

     
Norway Kjetil Jansrud (DH)  
Aut Hannes Reichelt (SG)  
Usa Ted Ligety (GS)  
       

2013

     
Norway Aksel Lund Svindal  (DH)   
Switzerland2 Peter Kueng  (SG)   
Usa Ted Ligety  (GS)   
Switzerland2 Lara Gut (DH)  
Switzerland2 Lara Gut (SG)  
Sweeden  Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (GS)   

2012

     
Usa Ted Ligety (GS)  
Italy Matteo Marsaglia (SG)  
Italy Christof Innerhofer (DH)  
       

2011

     
Usa Lindsey Vonn SG - Val d'Isere  
Aut Marcel Hirscher SL - Val d'Isere  
Usa Ted Ligety GS - Val d'Isere  
Aut Marcel Hirscher (GS)  
Switzerland2  Sandro Viletta (SG)  
Usa Bode Miller (DH)  
       

2010

     
Aut Georg Streitberger (SG)  
Usa Ted Ligety (GS)  
       

2009

     
 Switzerland2 Carlo Janka (SC)  
 Switzerland2 Carlo Janka (DH)  
 Switzerland2 Carlo Janka  (GS)  
            

2008

     
 Norway Aksel Lund Svindal (DH)  
 Aut Benjamin Raich (GS)    
 Norway Aksel Lund Svindal   (SG)  
       

 2007

     
 Switzerland2 Daniel Albrecht (SC)    
 Aut Michael Walchhofer (DH)  
 Switzerland2 Daniel Albrecht (GS)    
 Aut Hannes Reichelt  (SG)    
       

 2006

     
 Norway Aksel Lund Svindal (SC)  
 Usa Bode Miller (DH)  
 Italy Massimiliano Blardone (GS)    
 Sweeden Andre Myhrer   (SL)  
       

 2005

     
Usa Daron Rahlves (DH)    
Aut Hannes Reichelt (SG)  
Usa Bode Miller (GS)    
Italy Giorgio Rocca   (SL)  
       

2004

     
Usa Bode Miller (DH)  
Aut Stephan Goergl (SG)    
Norway Lasse Kjus (GS)   
Aut Benjamin Raich  (SL)    
       

2003

     
Usa Daron Rahlves (DH)  
Aut Hermann Maier (DH)    
Norway Bjarne Solbakken  (SG)  
       

2002

     
Aut Stephan Eberharter (DH)  
Switzerland2 Didier Cuche     (SG)    
       

2000

     
Aut Hermann Maier (DH)    
Sweeden Fredrik Nyberg   (SG)  
       

1999

     
Switzerland2 Didier Plaschy (SL)    
Aut Hermann Maier (GS)    
Aut Hermann Maier (DH)    
Aut Hermann Maier  (SG)   
       

1997

     
Italy Kristian Ghedina  (DH)  
Aut Andreas Schifferer     (DH)  
Aut Hermann Maier  (SG)      
Aut Fritz Strobl  (DH)    
Sweeden Pernilla Wiberg    (DH)     
Aut Andreas Schifferer  (SG)      
Germany Katja Seizinger  (SG)      
Switzerland2 Michael Von Gruenigen   (GS)  
Italy Deborah Compagnoni      (GS)  
Italy Lara Magoni      (SL)    
Norway Finn Christian Jagge   (SL)    
       

1996

     
Aut Renate Goetschl  (DH)    
Russia Svetlana Gladishiva   (SG)      
       

1995

     
Germany Martina Ertl     
Switzerland2 Michael Von Gruenigen  (GS)  
Aut Elfie Eder    (SL)    
Aut Michael Tritscher  (SL)    
France Luc Alphand  (DH)    
Norway Lasse Kjus  (SG)      
       

1994

     
Spain Blanca Fernandez-Ochoa (GS)   
Usa Hilary Lindh (DH)     
Aut Sylvia Eder (SG)   
Switzerland2 Heidi Zeller-Baehler (GS)   
Switzerland2 William Besse (DH)   
Germany Katja Seizinger (DH)  
  Jan Einar Thorsen (SG)  
Usa Diann Roffe-Steinrotter      (SG)    
  Kjetil Andre Aamodt (GS)   
Germany Martina Ertl (GS)  
Switzerland2 Vreni Schneider (SL)  
       

1992

     
Germany Miriam Vogt  (DH)   
Aut Ulrike Maier     (SG)   
Germany Katja Seizinger  (DH)     
  Merete Fjeldavli    (SG)   
       

1991

     
Aut Sabine Ginther     (DH)   
Switzerland2  Chantal Bournissen      (DH)   
       

1989

     
Germany Regine Moesenlechner      (SG)   
Aut Anita Wachter   (GS)   
Switzerland2 Vreni Schneider      (GS)   
       

1988   

     
Switzerland2 Franz Heinzer     (DH)   
Switzerland2 Peter Mueller       (DH)   
France Franck Piccard      (SG)   
       

1987

     
Aut Sigrid Wolf    (DH)   
Germany Marina Kiehl    (SG)   
Switzerland2 Maria Walliser      (SG)   
       

1986

     
Usa Pam Fletcher      (DH)   
Germany Marina Kiehl     (SG)   
       

1985

     
Aut  Katrin Gutensohn    (DH)   
       

1984

     
Aut Robert Zoller     (SL)   
Sweeden Ingemar Stenmark      (GS)   
       

1983

     
Usa Phil Mahre     (GS)   
Usa Tamara McKinney   (GS)   
       

1967

     
France Jean Claude Killy  (GS)     
       

 

History of Vail Valley Ski Racing & The Birds of Prey 

Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey racecourse was built during the summer of 1997 in preparation for the 1999 World Alpine Ski Championships.  Designed by Olympic Downhill gold medalist Bernhard Russi of Switzerland, Birds of Prey starts west of the top of Chair #8 and finishs at the bottom of Red Tail at the confluence of Chairs #10 and #11.

The course features a vertical drop of 757 meters and contains an average gradient of 27 percent, increasing to 45 percent in the middle of the course and again in the final third of the course.

The first competition on Birds of Prey took place December 2-6, 1997, with a pair of men’s World Cup Downhill races and a men’s World Cup Super-G.  The course was officially opened with a ceremonial Native American blessing, performed by tribal elder Red Ute, along with a traditional ribbon cutting.

Germany’s Stefan Krauss was the first racer down Birds of Prey in the opening day of Downhill training and Italy’s Kristian Ghedina was the first race winner, capturing the opening Downhill on December 4, with a time of 1:41.16.  The remaining two races of the inaugural weekend of competition were won by Austrians Andreas Schifferer (Downhill #2) and Hermann Maier (Super-G).

During the 1999 Championships, Birds of Prey was the site of the first ever World Championships gold medal tie as Maier and Norway’s Lasse Kjus each mined gold for their Super-G efforts, with times that were identical down to the thousandth of a second.  Maier’s Austrian teammate Hans Knauss finished third, a mere one-hundredth of a second off the pace.

An estimated 20,000 spectators were on hand Feburary 6 of 1999 to witness the World Championships men’s Downhill competition, the largest crowd in U.S. ski racing history.  The race was won by Austria’s Hermann Maier, one of his record eight victories on Birds of Prey.

The fastest World Cup or World Championships Downhill race time ever recorded on Birds of Prey is 1:39.59, courtesy of the U.S. Ski Team’s Daron Rahlves in 2003.  That win also ended a 19-year American Downhill victory drought on U.S. soil, marking the first time since Bill Johnson’s 1984 Downhill win in Aspen that an American male had stood on the top step of a World Cup Downhill podium in the United States.

History was also made on Birds of Prey in 2004 with the one-two American Downhill finish of Bode Miller and Rahlves, marking the first time that U.S. men have claimed the top two spots in a World Cup Downhill and the first time since Phil and Steve Mahre captured gold and silver medals in slalom at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo that Americans had gone one-two in any discipline.