Deer Valley to bid on 2019 Freestyle World Championships
February 25, 2014
After hosting the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Championships in both 2003 and 2011, Deer Valley resort in Park City will look to continue its trend of hosting the World Championships every eight years.
When the FIS (International Ski Federation) convenes in Barcelona, Spain, in late May/early June, representatives from Deer Valley will make a case for hosting the 2019 World Championships.
"FIS has a congress there," Deer Valley president and general manager Bob Wheaton said. "There’s a lot of stuff that happens there, but that’s where they decide the next World Championships host. We’re going there to bid on the 2019 championships."
After what he considers two successful World Championships at Deer Valley in the past, Wheaton said the stage is already set for an encore.
"I think it’d be huge," he said. "So far we’ve done World Cups every year, the 2002 Olympics, the 2003 and 2011 World Championships – the support is town-wide. It’s the atmosphere that everybody in town brings to the event."
Based on the feedback Wheaton hears at World Cup events and other major events hosted by Deer Valley, there’s no reason the resort shouldn’t host the 2019 championships.
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"We hear time and time again that Deer Valley is the best stop on the World Cup tour worldwide," he said.
The athletes and coaches are seemingly on board with Deer Valley hosting the 2019 event, Wheaton added, thanks to the hospitality shown by the Deer Valley staff and the town of Park City in general.
"I would like to think our crew here is top-notch," he said. "They put on a great show for the athletes and the athletes’ support systems. They all really enjoy coming to Deer Valley."
Wheaton said Deer Valley’s pitch to FIS officials in Barcelona will be threefold.
"It’ll focus on the venues that we have and the quality of the events we’ve been holding over so many years," he said. "The feedback from the athletes is also a part of that."
In the meantime, Deer Valley is already on the schedule to host another World Cup event in 2015. Wheaton said the resort is excited to get another Olympic cycle under way and hopes to be a big part of freestyle athletes’ paths to Pyeongchang.
"You bet," he said when asked if the resort is looking forward to four more years of Olympic-team-determining events. "Sign us up."