On March 20-24, Falun will again host the best cross-country skiers as the FIS Cross-Country World Cup Final presented by Viessmann is staged in Stockholm and Falun for the 5th consecutive year.
FIS representatives Pierre Mignerey, Sandra Spitz and Michal Lamplot as well as Daniel Kuss from FIS Marketing AG, spent a day at Lugnet in Falun on the 22nd of August. Together with Johan Bernhagen and Anders Yttergård from the host broadcaster SVT, they inspected the courses and the status of the preparations of the Organising Committee.
The skiers who will compete at the World Cup Final this winter will discover that the competition courses have been partly reconstructed compared to previous years. This is one of many changes that will be carried out as part of the preparations for the 2015 FIS World Ski Championships. Due to on-going construction work on the jumping hills, however, all courses will not be used. The entire World Championships track system will be tested at the World Cup Final 2014.
In addition to the new courses, there will also be other challenges for the 2013 Organising Committee to consider.
- The finish area will change sides on the stadium to be better suited to the World Championships requirements. This involves changes to the positions of prize giving ceremonies, speaker positions, TV screens and pathways for the audience as well as areas for waxing trucks and skiers. But we feel confident about finding good solutions to all challenges, says Anki Kjellberg, Sports Director of Svenska Skidspelen and Falun2015.
Despite the challenges, the overall impression of the FIS Inspection Group after the meeting was positive and they expressed satisfaction about the well co-ordinated organisation. But they also emphasised the importance of continuously developing the event to prepare it for the upcoming World Championships in 2015.
Press Release OC Falun