Thursday, January 1, 2009

Moscow Parallel Slalom

Tomorrow, January 2nd, the city of Moscow will host a promotional night Parallel Slalom on the grounds of the Moscow University.
Specialists from FIS led by World Cup Chief Race Director Guenter Hujara and Swiss course preparation expert Hans Pieren have been working hard for a few days helping local organisers to perfectly prepare the biggest ramp ever built to host a FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Promotional Event (56 metre-high and 33-metre large). Since the Russian capital has been experiencing its warmest winter ever, the organizers had to bring in most of the snow from other parts of the country. 4'000 cubic metres of snow were transported from the Kemerovo Region in Siberia, which has received heavy snowfalls recently. The Siberian snow was packed into 300 kilogram bags and sent to Moscow in refrigerated carriages, allowing the skiing event to take place on schedule.
14 world-class-racers and 2 invited Russian champions will compete on Friday evening in a spectacular parallel race attended by a potential crowd of nearly 40,000 people attracted by the unusual happening and famous names such as Bode Miller, Didier Cuche, Aksel Lund Svindal, Jean-Baptiste Grange and many more. Nearly a dozen of European TV stations will show the competition live as well as dozens of Russian broadcasters. A group of international ski journalists also decided to travel to Moscow at that occasion.
The FIS Alpine World Cup promotional event is mostly aimed at stimulating interest for Alpine Skiing as part of the build-up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Successful holding of such promotional event is to serve as a beginning of holding similar competitions in other European cities.