Friday, February 20, 2009

Tarvisio hosts the Ladies Alpine Ski World Cup

The Alpine Ski World Cup Ladies will be held in Tarvisio, in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, from 20 to 22 February (supercombined, downhill and SuperG) and with the following women's event Europe Cup event from 23 to 24 with the same programme of races. The venue for the race events will be Di Prampero Course. "With current slope conditions, Tarvisio run is among the top 5 in the world, owing to its technical difficulties and its length in particular. We have estimated that the strongest athletes should finish slightly under two minutes: physical strength will be fundamental, also because there are some diagonals which will be decisive. There are 4 jumps, placed rather far apart one another" said Jan Tischhauser, FIS race director, who designed the downhill course on the Di Prampero. "It's a course – said Tischhauser – where physical conditions, technical skills and equipment equally count. Choosing the right skis for Wednesday and Thursday training session will be very important".
Today 61 athletes will be competing in the Super Combined, representing 13 countries (Austria, with 11 athletes is the most represented country).
Tarvisio is a mountain municipality located at a few kilometers from the Austrian and Slovenian borders, in between the massifs of the Giulian Alps to the south and the Carnic Alps to the north.
"It will be a great party for the whole Region", said Vice president of the Regional government, Luca Ciriani, focussing on the fact that great attention has been paid to the promotional aspect of an event which is worth over 1 million euros overall and, if wisely used, it can give great visibility and attract tourists. The event will be broadcast live on Rai 2, and over 20 countries will air the images of the entire event to be officially opened at 10.45 on Friday 20 with the flight of the Frecce Tricolori, the Italian acrobatic aircraft team.