became embroiled in a major controversy in 1995
when heavy snow cancelled the super G and halted
the America’s Downhill in mid-race, in which
American racer AJ Kitt had distinguished
himself with the fastest time.
most of the racers — all the top-seeded
competitors — had run the downhill course
before the race was canceled, it was assumed Kitt’s
victory would stand. When a similar cancellation
had occurred in 1993, Kitt had also been in first
place and, despite a protest by the U.S. Team,
was denied the victory.
1995, the FIS on-site jury validated the downhill
and awarded Kitt the first-place win. In the aftermath
of protests from France, Canada and Luxembourg,
however, another FIS jury revoked Kitt’s
win just three days later.
the FIS ruling, Aspen Skiing Company announced
they would recognize Kitt’s apparent victory
by awarding him the Roch Cup.