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Vail’s 1989 World Championships time capsule to be opened on Oct. 21

October 17, 2014, 9:43 am

For the past 26 years, the bronze rectangular object has stood guard in a corner of the Vail Public Library, just inside the atrium, adorned with the trophy that was presented to the medal winners at the 1989 World Alpine Ski Championships.

Vail's 1989 World Championships time capsule

Vail’s 1989 World Championships time capsule (VVF photo).

Over the years, the library’s daily guests may well have forgotten that this structure was actually a time capsule that the 1989 organizers assembled prior to the start of the Vail Valley’s first World Championships. Many may never have known that much about the bronze box.

But on Tuesday, October 21, the public is invited to join with 2015 World Championships organizers and the Vail Town Council as they reveal the inner secrets of the 89 time capsule during a visit to the Vail Library in conjunction with the start of the Council’s regular work session at 1 p.m.

“The 1989 organizers intended for the time capsule to be opened prior to the start of the next Championships or Winter Olympics the community was fortunate enough to host,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and head of the 2015 Organizing Committee. “Somewhere along the way, the capsule and its contents got forgotten in the buildup to the 1999 World Championships. Now, just three and a half months away from the 2015 Championships, it will be fun to reminisce on those first Championships and share what is contained inside the capsule with the community.”

The 1989 World Championships marked the first time in almost 40 years that the event had been hosted in the United States. A then record number of 42 nations were in attendance, represented by a total of 291 athletes. The 2015 World Championships will feature some 600 athletes from an estimated 70 nations.

“It’s interesting to look back at what the world looked like during the 1989 Championships,” added Folz. “The Soviet Union was still intact and Yugoslavia was one country. The unification of East and West Germany would not take place until the following year.”

Scheduled from February 2-15 of 2015, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek are expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, with an estimated 750 million worldwide television viewers and an onsite media and broadcast entourage of approximately 1,500 members.

For additional information on the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, visit

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