History of the World Cup at Copper Mountain | SummitDaily.com

History of the World Cup at Copper Mountain

The year was 1976 and Copper Mountain was in the middle of hosting the U.S. National Alpine Championships when unseasonably warm weather in Heavenly Valley forced race organizers to move the World Cup from the California resort to Copper. Ironically, shortly after race officials moved the race from the Lake Tahoe area to Colorado because of poor ski conditions, Heavenly Valley was hit with a four-foot snowfall while the same storm bypassed the Summit County area. Classes at all Summit County schools were dismissed on March 5, 1976, to allow students to view the World Cup races, and the Summit County Board of Commissions named March 5 an official county holiday. Rosi Mittermaier of West Germany won two gold medals to not only capture the women’s combined title, but also to have a trail named after her. Trail No. 8, on which Mittermaier made her winning slalom and giant slalom runs, was officially renamed Rosi’s Run, which you may access by using the Super Bee lift. Mittermaier, who earlier that year won two gold medals and a silver at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, captured the women’s giant slalom and slalom crowns by clocking times of 1 minute, 28 seconds and 1:47.78, respectively. The ’76 Olympics, by the way, were originally scheduled to take place in Colorado. But voters rejected the proposal, and the Games were moved to Innsbruck. The victory by Mittermaier nearly overshadowed the performances of the United States, which had 15 finishers among the top 15 racers for the four events. Steve Mahre nabbed the top place in the combined results by finishing second in the men’s slalom behind Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark and sixth in the men’s GS. U.S. teammates Greg Jones and Phil Mahre finished one-two in the GS, the first time in the men’s World Cup event Americans were able to grab the top spots in GS competition. Jones won the men’s GS in 3:20.51, followed closely by Mahre, who finished second in 3:20.83. Olympic bronze medalist Cindy Nelson placed fifth in the combined results after coming in second in the women’s GS and 15th in slalom. Other American skiers placing in the top 15 in women’s GS were Lindy Cochran (6th), Abbi Fisher (8th) and Viki Fleckenstein (9th). In the women’s slalom, Mary

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