Waiting for Wednesday Teams event, it's time to take a look about some facts of the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. GAP 2011 set some records and also denote some special historical milestones. Exactly eighty years ago in February 1931, the first ever World Championships in Alpine Skiing were organized by Sir Arnold Lunn in Muerren, Switzerland. Back then, the Ladies and Men only competed in Downhill and Slalom. The GAP 2011 Championships also celebrate the 75 year anniversary of the first Olympic Winter Games that included Alpine Skiing competitions held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936.
And now again will again be center of the Ski World during the 41st FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the former twin cities "under the Zugspitze", is one of the most famous winter sport resorts of the whole alpine region. Olympic Winter Games in 1936, Arlberg Kandahar races since 1954, FIS Ski World Cups since 1970 , FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1978 and FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in 2009 the list of events shows why Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also called the cradle of ski racing in Germany. 525 athletes -208 ladies and 317 men- from 69 nations, more than any from the last five world alpine ski championships, will be competing for medals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2011. 33 FIS World Championships medals will be awarded as the competition schedule includes five Ladies' and five Men's events as well as the co-ed nations' team event. The nations' team event will be staged for the third time since its introduction in Bormio (ITA) in 2005 and successful second edition in Are (SWE) in 2007 after inclement weather forced cancellation in Val d’Isére (FRA) in 2009. For the first time, however, the event will be carried out in the Parallel Giant Slalom format.
The event also welcomes 1,170 media representatives, a record for a World Alpine Ski Championship. "We are all exited before the start of the most important winter sports event in Central Europe this season. The Host broadcaster, GAP TV2011 which is acting on behalf of ARD and ZDF, is ready to deliver a first-class TV signal to broadcasters around the world. We are convinced that the Garmisch-Partenkirchen championships will be a great and memorable spectacle for the sport of Alpine Skiing", commented Ingolfur Hannesson, Head of Winter Sports for European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the television and marketing rights holder for the event.
The production of the international television signal at GAP 2011 is the responsibility of the German broadcasters ARD and ZDF that hold the role of Host Broadcaster (HBC). The goal of GAP TV2011, a joint management group under the leadership of ZDF, is to ensure the best possible coverage in the most advanced broadcasting technology with an impressive total number of 63 cameras at the three main venues (Kandahar Arena, Gudiberg Arena and the Medal Plaza). The entire production of the international signal is a HD production in 16:9 aspect ratio.
EBU's marketing partner Tridem Sports announced that the Championships are sold from the perspective of sponsoring. The international group of sponsors is led by presenting sponsor Audi, marking its fourth appearance in a row in this role, along with the official timing sponsor Hublot and the main sponsors Vattenfall, Halti, Milka and Deichmann.