Alpine Championships come back to Alyeska

Girdwood resort to host event in 2004

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- After the U.S. Alpine Championships were moved from Alyeska Resort for lack of snow, national organizers said they'd come back next year.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association said Friday it will hold next year's national championship races at the Girdwood ski area. The championships were supposed to be there next month, but a low-snow winter forced the USSA to move them earlier this week.

''We had been very excited about going to Alaska, which is a key region for our sport,'' said Annette Royle, vice president of events for USSA. ''Alyeska had done a tremendous job in preparing for the event, and we are very excited ... that we will bring the championships to Alaska next season.''

The races will be held in March, probably around the same time this year's March 16-25 event had been scheduled, said Alyeska marketing manager Gary Scott. It will mark the first time in 23 years the national championships have been held in Alaska.

This year's championships, meanwhile, have been moved to Lake Placid, N.Y. They will run March 17-25 and will feature the most successful men's team in history.

And because the stars of the team -- Bode Miller, Daron Rahlves, Eric Schlopy among the men, Kirsten Clark and Joanna Mendes among the women -- are young, they should still be competitive next year.

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