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Odermatt victorious in return of Xfinity Birds of Prey

After a hiatus in 2020, the legendary Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS World Cup Ski Races are back after a thrilling Super G race on Thursday, Dec. 2 — a strong and sunny start to a weekend of speed events in Beaver Creek.

Swiss skier Marco Odermatt, who won the Super G at the Xfinity Birds of Prey the last time it was held in 2019, reclaimed his crown on Thursday by winning on a challenging course that saw racers catching big air, some skidding out, one plowing headfirst through a gate, and 14 DNFs out of 61 racers.

“It was a very difficult course,” Odermatt said after the race from the finish area.

Austrian Matthias Mayer, the Super G gold medalist at the 2018 Olympics, finished second. Canada’s Broderick Thompson, coming into the race with Bib No. 35, finished third for his first career World Cup podium in any discipline.

On Friday, Odermatt will look to make it 3 Super G wins in a row at Beaver Creek. The weekend race schedule for the Xfinity Birds of Prey also includes a Downhill race on Saturday, Dec. 4, followed by another Downhill race on Sunday, Dec. 5.

With Thursday’s thrilling start to the races, and spectator-friendly weather, it’s sure to be a weekend not to be missed at Beaver Creek.

Festivities surrounding the races include live music, Beers of Prey, viewings of Warren Miller’s “Winter Starts Now” and much, much more. For more information on surrounding festivities visit bcworldcup.com/festivities.

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