Monday, February 7, 2011

2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (Garmisch-Partenkirchen)

In less than six hours, at 18:00, the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will take place at the Olympic ski stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The complete Opening Ceremony is being produced on the basis of a one-of-a-kind projection-technology with the largest available video projectors using the landing area of the ski-jump as a gigantic snow-screen. Cutting-edge technology will portray traditional images. Source of each scene is a small element only visible with a camera, which will then grow to a huge size thanks to technical and dramaturgical instruments. More then 300 participants offer about 11000 spectators a breathtaking show on the two show stages. Whilst FIS President Gian Franco Kasper will officially open the championships accompanied by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the German Ski Association Alfons Hörmann, the opening ceremony promises to deliver many a highlight. The Munich Radio Orchestra will accompany the opening ceremony with live music. Martin Lingnau is the composer of the total original music. The musical highlights are the performances of Christina Stürmer, the Spider Murphy Gang and Adoro. The Austrian ski-star Elisabeth Goergl and Christian Geisler will sing the official WM-song "You're the Hero (between Heaven and Hell)" which will be heard for the first time.
At the Kandahar racing venue, the preparation work on the track has been finished and the slope is ready for racing from start to finish. The Kandahar will be the setting for Downhill, Super-G, Giant Slalom competitions as well as the nations' team event. While the men are looking forward to the (in)famous "free fall", the ladies will be starting further up compared to the World Cup Finals last spring. A steep pitch with a length of 250m consisting of two curves and a jump over the tunnel of the "Tröglhang" will add excitement to the Ladies' downhill right from the start.
At the Gudiberg slalom venue, two changes were announced last week. The ladies' start has been moved higher up to the same position as the Men's. Moreover, tickets for the two slaloms will be newly available for 15'000 fans, as an additional 5'000 standing places in the Ski Jumping stadium were approved by the city. Currently there are 47'000 requests for the ladies slalom on 19th February whilst demand for tickets to the men's slalom on the final Sunday numbers 40'000.
The Main Media Center was handed over to GAP 2011 Head of Media Gerd Rubenbauer and Venue Manager Stefan Red on 29th January 2011. The entire Organizational Center with Press Center, Press Conference Hall, Accreditation Office and Race Office was officially opened for business on Tuesday 1st February.
The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships also mark the 75 year anniversary of the first Olympic Winter Games that included Alpine Skiing competitions which significantly took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 6th to 16th February 1936. These Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen showed fascination for sports but also served as a cover for a brutal dictatorship. An exhibition called "The other side of the medal" in the Kurhaus in the World Championships Park in the center of Garmisch-Partenkirchen during the 2011 event examines the two sides of this historical event.

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