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A valley of world champions

Dear Editor:Last week, a historic moment in skiing took place on Aspen Mountain as over 80 of the world’s best skiers from 15 nations competed in the Challenge Aspen International Paralympic Committee Alpine World Cup, Jan. 17-21. It marked the first time a Disabled Alpine World Cup has been held here since the Aspen Skiing Co. hosted its first FIS World Championships in 1950.In fact, our rich legacy of World Cup Racing and the community’s past support of these events weighed heavily in the IPC’s selection of our organization as the organizer and Aspen/Snowmass as the location for the season opener for the 2007 Disabled World Cup. Based on the outstanding response of our combined communities, delivering over 300 volunteers, and overall success of this event, the people of this valley are truly world champions.The World Cup could not have occurred without you and the support of the following organizations, companies and individuals. It is due to this support that having the IPC World Cup return to Aspen Mountain became a common theme among the athletes, coaches and officials during the event.First and foremost, thank you to everyone at Aspen Skiing Co. Without their contributions, incredible Challenge Aspen events like this wouldn’t be possible. Peter King and his staff of lift operators and groomers, along with the race department and ski patrol, are true professionals in every sense of the word.To our other sponsors, the USSA and the U.S. Paralympics, we thank you for your contributions and direction. In addition to the USSA, this event was sanctioned by the IPC and the International Ski Federation.Not to be ever outdone, the staff of Challenge Aspen rose to the occasion making me one of the proudest and thankful CEOs around. In addition, thank you to our board of directors for their continued support and guidance.As always, an extra special thanks to our volunteers and the experienced crew leaders who donated their time to ensure the event was the best Disabled World Cup possible. Thank you to numerous restaurants and lodging establishments across the valley for their support.Finally, thanks to our media sponsors for helping get the word out about this great event and Chris Waddell for his insightful and experienced race and awards ceremony announcing. To each and every individual who touched this event, please accept my sincere appreciation for your contributions.Houston CowanCo-founder and CEOChallenge Aspen

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