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Pre race day at Killington

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KILLINGTON, Vt. -

As the athletes made their final preparations Friday morning, crews were doing the same to the course, making sure this weekend's Beast World Cup is worth the near 40 year wait.

"So many of us are proud of our ski areas and our resorts and the Northeast and for Vermont to be able to showcase that and especially Killington's capability to produce an event like this is just fun," USSA President and CEO, Tiger Shaw said.

If you need a sign of the excitement, look no further than the Killington Mountain School. Several US skiers signed autographs of the kids Friday afternoon.  

"This is amazing," KMS student, Caroline Roy said.  "My idols are here.  I've looked up to them at since I was little and its just amazing to have them train here and to watch the race here, because I grew up skiing here."

For U.S. team member, Alice Merryweather, it's a bit of a homecoming having gone to Stratton Mountain School.

"It means so much to me.  My friends and family can come and I can be surrounded by such amazing people. I love the east so much.  It's so cool," Merryweather said.  "I think being here is way more comfortable than being in Europe or anywhere else. It feels like home and it's great to be here."

Both the giant slalom on Saturday and the slalom on Sunday will be run on the Superstar course.  If there's one superstar above the rest this weekend, it's Burke Mountain Academy grad and Olympic Gold Medalist, Mikaela Shiffrin.  She's won the last nine Slalom races in which she has competed. 

The girls are going to be gunning for me in the slalom no matter where we are and i feel like I'd rather be racing here where I have a ton of support and people I hope are going to be proud whether I win or get beat or whatever.  Just be proud to have a world cup back here so many things to be excited about this weekend other than me being on the podium.

Although she has skied at Killington, she has never been on the Superstar course. The first runs each day are at 9:30 a.m. with the second runs taking place at 12:30 p.m..

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