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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 16:28 GMT 17:28 UK
France wins ski bid
Jean-Claude Killy
Killy won three gold medals at the 1968 Olympics
The French ski resort of Val d'Isere has been selected to host the World Ski Championships in 2009.

Ski legend Jean-Claude Killy headed the bid for his home ski resort.

It is the first time since 1962 a French resort will host the Championships, which are held every other year.

Val d'Isere beat Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany, Vail/Beaver Creek in Colorado and the Austrian resort of Schladming for the honour.

Triple Olympic gold medallist Killy said: "It is very important for our sport and our country.

"Skiing is a business and this will be a big help."

After retiring from the sport, Killy, a member of the International Olympic Committee, was in charge of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville in France.

He then became the chief executive of cycling's Tour de France until 2001.

The next World Championships are being held in Bormio in Italy next year and in 2007, Are in Sweden has the honour.

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