Saturday, October 3, 2015

Audi FIS Ski World Cup Munich City Event Cancelled

The Audi FIS World Cup parallel slalom race, scheduled for 1st January 2016 in Munich (GER), has been cancelled. The announcement was made at the FIS Technical Meetings in Zurich (SUI), where all of the FIS World Cup calendars are currently being finalised for the upcoming season.
The German Ski Federation, together with the leaders of the Olympia Park Munich made the difficult decision not to stage the races, due to the previous difficulties in organizing the competitions. The New Year’s Day races have been cancelled the previous two seasons due to weather conditions.
"We are obviously very disappointed that we, despite intensive efforts, have failed to find a solution to host the World Cup in Munich," said DSV President Dr. Franz Steinle. "But after the cancellations in the past two years it would have been for our athletes, spectators and volunteers, and not least to the FIS and our partners not responsible again to take such a high risk of not being able to stage the races".
Despite the cancellation of this year’s event, the German Ski Association and FIS continues to see great potential for an Alpine race on New Year's Day.
Markus Waldner Chief Race Director of the FIS "January 1, is and will remain, a highly attractive showcase for our sport that we want to use part of the FIS calendar in the future. Therefore, we will explore together with the German Ski Association, if there is an opportunity in 2017 to carry out such an event again in Germany".
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.
On 2011 Munich hosted the 1st Audi FIS Ski World Cup City Event in the Olympic Parkin Munich. The Parallel Slalom competition at the Olympic Mountain saw 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.

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