The 1st Audi FIS Ski World Cup City Event will be staged tomorrow in the Olympic Park in Munich. The Parallel Slalom competition at the Olympic Mountain will see the world's best 16 best female and 16 best male racers fight for overall World Cup points on a 200 meter long slope with approximately 20 gates, ending at the bottom of the upper Olympic Lake. Within the Parallel Slalom, two participants will compete against each other in an elimination system over two races. In the event that each of the athletes wins one race apiece, the sum of the time will be counted. The one with the lower time will advance to the next round. The rounds proceed to quarter finals, semi-finals, and a final: in the end only two participants will compete (in either gender category) in the final. The best athletes in the field will therefore compete against each other in a thrilling head-to-head race.
The last Audi FIS Ski World Cup races before the New Year in Semmering (AUT) and Bormio (ITA) also determined the final list of qualified athletes for the first World Cup City Event that will take place in Munich (GER) on 2nd January 2011. Local skiers Maria Riesch, Viktoria Rebensburg and Susanne Riesch are going to compete with Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso among others. In the men competition Felix Neureuther takes on alpine stars like Aksel Lund Svindal, Bode Miller and Benjamin Raich.
After the two promotional events, the Audi FIS Champions Cup events in Moscow during the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons, the event in the Munich Olympic Park will be the first awarding FIS World Cup points for the overall ranking. "Over 10'000 tickets, along with more than 1'500 VIP tickets, have already been sold for the premiere City Event in Munich. The slope is excellent condition following the pre-Christmas thaw and has been injected during this week's cold period", commented Günter Hujara, FIS Chief Race Director for the men's Alpine World Cup.
The Munich Olympic Park already hosted two promotional parallel events in 1986 and 1987, whilst promotional city events for the men were also staged in Wien and Berlin in 1985 and 1986. An invitational ladies city event was also held in Calgary in the late 1980's.