Thursday, June 5, 2014

2019 FIS World Championships Awarded

The FIS Council has elected the Organisers of the FIS World Championships 2018/2019 at the 49th International Ski Congress in Barcelona (SPA) today, 5th June 2014.
Are (SWE) was elected as the host of the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. With 9 votes, it achieved the majority against its sole competitor Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA).
Another fairy-tail will transpire in February 2019 in Åre, where the story of Åre 2007 will be transformed from good to great.
A very happy delegation is on site in Barcelona. Niklas Carlsson, Secretary General of the Swedish Ski Association, stated: "We came here with the goal of bringing the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to Sweden and Åre, so it obviously feels unbelievably great that our work has been rewarded with the trust of the ski world. We knew that it would be a tight race between us and Cortina, so to win in this way is fantastic (...) This decision provides a boost for our entire community and additional motivation for the Team 2019 of youngsters who will be fighting for medals at the next Åre Championships. The entire Swedish ski nation, Åre and our organisation are enthused about this news, as are all of us celebrating here in Barcelona tonight".
Oberstdorf (GER) and Park City, Utah (USA) were unanimously elected as hosts of the 2018 FIS Ski Flying World Championships and joint 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships, respectively.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), in partnership with the Olympic community of Park City and State of Utah, has been awarded the 2019 World Championships for freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding. The bid featured a partnership of three resorts—Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort—for an event that will host at least 12 competitions over 10 days in February 2019. Deer Valley will host the freestyle skiing events of moguls and aerials, which is in keeping with its snowboarding ban. Park City Mountain Resort will host halfpipe, slopestyle and big air skiing and snowboarding. Rounding it out, Canyons will take on the skicross and snowboardcross.
"The 2019 World Championships will be a major global event featuring the largest showcase of winter action sports outside the Olympics", said Tiger Shaw, the newly-installed president and CEO of USSA. "Our partnership with FIS and other athletic sanctioning bodies, together with the State of Utah and Park City community—especially Canyons, Deer Valley and Park City resorts—will help to shape this as an historic event in freestyle, freeskiing and snowboarding".
The FIS 2019 Nordic World Ski Championships will be hosted by Seefeld (AUT).The FIS Council prefered the Austrian bid over the other three candidates Planica (SLO), Oberstdorf (GER) and Almaty (KAZ). Seefeld won in the third ballot with 9 votes ahead of Oberstdorf (8 votes).
"It was a team effort by everyone involved. We have a long journey behind us over the last ten, twelve years and to achieve that with the first bid is fantastic. We asked the Council to give us a chance to host them 2019 and I can promise that the World Championships 2019 will be organized enthusiastically and professionally", said Markus Tschoner, CEO of Seefeld Tourism.
Seefeld already hosted the World Championships in 1964, 1976 and 1985 (1964 and 1976 the Olympic Games also counted as WSC). The last Nordic World Championships in Austria were held 1999 in Ramsau am Dachstein.
This decision means that the ski jumping events 2019 will take place at two different venues. While the World Champions on the normal hill will be crowned in Seefeld, the competitions on the large hill will be carried out in Innsbruck.

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