Monday, March 2, 2009

Inawashiro 2009 FIS Freestyle World Championships

The FIS Freestyle World Championships 2009 will begin today Monday, 2nd March, with the Opening Ceremony on Monday taking place in Inawashiro (Japan). 520 athletes and coaches from 33 nations and 490 media representatives from 78 media organizations from Japan and abroad will be traveling to Inawashiro and Bandai in the Fukushima prefecture for the FIS Freestyle World Championships 2009. The final preparations for the event are underway to welcome people at completed competition sites - both athletes and officials - with "warm Japanese hospitality" and to host a memorable event. In order to realize "living in harmony with nature", the event will be organized with the aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to a minimum so as to ensure the least possible impact on nature.
On 7th and 8th March, a sports event entitled "Tokyo Snow Style", which is collaboration with the campaign called "I Love Snow" run by the Ski Association of Japan and promotes the global FIS campaign "Bring Children to the Snow", will take place in Tokyo - 300 kilometers from Inawashiro. Video coverage of the moguls and dual moguls competitions at the FIS Freestyle World Championships will be broadcast live on a big video wall at the event site in the center of Tokyo. Visitors can enjoy playing with sledges and a snow mountain, conduct a treasure hunt in the snow and make a snowman as well as enjoy quarter pipe performances by top athletes.
Moguls, Dual moguls, and Aerials will take place at Listel Ski Fantasia. It is a well-known ski resort to both athletes and fans since the World Cup Moguls were held there in 1988. The ski area is not so big, but its daffy course, a stage for duals moguls, is very famous as it is one of the most difficult courses with a fall line as steep as 37°degrees.
Ski Cross competitions will take place at Snow Paradise Inawashiro Ski Resort.
The Halfpipe competition will take place at Alts Bandai Ski Resort, the largest ski area in Fukushima prefecture.