The World Winter Masters Games will be held for the first time in history between January 25 and January 31, 2010. The Games will take place in Slovenia’s stunning tourist town Bled. The town and its neighbouring cities are already known for hosting numerous major sport events.
Alpine skiing competitions will be held at Kranjska Gora, the ski resort which hosts the annual men ski World Cup competition. Ski jumping will take place in Planica – the famous ski jumping venue where the final World Cup competition of the season is traditionally held and where new world records have always been set. The current world record stands at 239 metres, set by Norwegian Bjorn Einar Romöeren. Cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions will be organized at Pokljuka, the venue of the annual World Cup biathlon competition, and hockey games will be organized at Jesenice, Bled, and Kranj.
World Winter Masters Games are for all athletes older then 25 or 30 years regardless the results, especially for those who appreciate sport spirit and sport activity as well as socializing with other athletes. Master is an expression for recreational athlete, veteran, senior, old-timer, sport lovers or unprofessional sportsmen.
More than 2,000 athletes from 42 countries have already registered to participate in the World Winter Masters Games. As of now, more than 500 alpine skiers, 400 cross-country skiers, 200 ski jumpers, 100 biathletes and over 30 ice hockey teams have registered to have an ‘Olympic' style experience, tailored for recreational athletes. Because so many athletes still want to compete, the deadline for registration has been extended until 25th December 2009.