Sunday, February 15, 2015

Last post until needed: The legacy of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Note: This is the last post of the Eagle County PIO group in supporting the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This site will be reactivated in the event of an emergency for dissemination of critical public safety information. Take time to sign up for future alerts from this site, follow us on Twitter @EagleCountyPIO and on Facebook at EagleCountyPIO to receive future updates.

After 14 days of thrilling races and phenomenal hospitality throughout Eagle County, the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships have come to an end. The memories of gold medal runs by Mikaela Shiffrin, Ted Ligety, Tina Maze and the heartwarming efforts of Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and the other athletes will be remembered for years to come.

The Local Organizing Committee has received accolades from the FIS for hosting an event that has exceeded expectations on all fronts with an estimated 130,000 spectators filling the stands for the races and crowds of upwards of 200,000 when the ancillary events at Championships Plaza at Solaris in Vail and Apr├Ęs Avon are included - plus an estimated television reach of 1 billion viewers. All the while, more than 700 public safety representatives worked to strike a balance in creating a friendly and secure environment under the leadership of a unified command structure headed by Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger, Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek, Colorado State Patrol Major Barry Bratt and Eagle County Paramedic Services CEO Fred Morrison.

The legacy of the 2015 Organizing Committee and Public Safety Command will live on with more than 2,000 staff and volunteers that have been trained in the “If You See Something. Say Something” community awareness program. Our thanks to everyone for their support and participation.

Members of the Public Safety Command Group during a morning briefing.