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FIS Meeting crowns Val di Fiemme

Predazzo king of Ski Jumping... olympic dream?

 25.10.2018

From 11th to 13th January FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Val di Fiemme (Italy)
On 25th October FIS meeting at the Ski Jump Arena in Predazzo
The FIS race director Walter Hofer sees the valley playing an important role in the next 10 years
In January also Tour de Ski and Nordic Combined for the Fiemme Ski World Cup committee


On 25th October, a FIS inspection was held in the Ski Jump Arena in Predazzo, Trentino (Italy). The FIS team was led by the FIS race director in ski jumping Walter Hofer, who was accompanied by the president of the Fiemme Ski World Cup committee Bruno Felicetti and the secretary-general Cristina Bellante. After the morning meeting with the IOC and the CONI both in the Ski Jump Arena of Predazzo and in the Cross-Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero, a meeting with the FIS Ski Jumping top management was held to examine the location that will host the events of next January (from 11th to 13th), with the participation of the televisions Infront (production) and Germany’s ZDF (one of the most interested televisions), who will be once again in Trentino after the World Cup in 2013: "We are very happy to come back to Trentino. For us it is a beginning, in the next ten years Predazzo could become the hotspot of all the most prestigious events, including the Olympics. Val di Fiemme will return to play a leading role in the international field, this time regularly", stated the FIS race director Walter Hofer.
In January, Val di Fiemme will also host the Tour de Ski (5th and 6th January) and the FIS Nordic Combined in the same days of the Ski Jumping, ready to come back to Trentino with great champions and many initiatives reserved for all fans. Cristina Bellante states: "These are great challenges, but we are used to great things; all together we will succeed. The first challenge is the return of the Ski Jumping World Cup. With a little pride, we can state that thanks to the cross-country skiing and the Nordic Combined we have managed to acquire credibility; Ski Jumping has been missing since the World Cup in 2013 and in the last years it has really evolved. We want to demonstrate our value in this field too. The discipline will bring important economic spinoffs in the tourism sector, also thanks to the new ski jumping hill K60, which is important for young people but also for high-level athletes”.
Even the technical commission of the IOC was amazed to see that Val di Fiemme is ready in terms of organization and facilities; the President Bruno Felicetti was very delighted: "The meeting is decisive. From the technical point of view, we are calm because all the details have been verified, the organization is ready and the previous experience of the World Cup makes us feel calm. We want to organise an event not only of sport but also of fun and animation, creating a festive atmosphere together with great champions as it happens in Austria, Germany and Poland". Ski Jumping is a popular sport in Germany and Poland, in particular thanks to Kamil Stoch: "We will propose many reductions and promotions for local people to create a great party where sport and emotion play on equal terms, giving the opportunity to come and watch the feats of jumpers", stated Felicetti.
The World Cup will be the absolute protagonist next January, in a form of "mini world cup" for Val di Fiemme. But the dream of the Olympics (winter 2026) is alive: "A dream that could come true - says Felicetti, - the Italian-style is famous all over the world and after many years of commitment and professionalism – even by previous administrations – Val di Fiemme, could crown its efforts”. Ten World Cup races in a week are an extraordinary result for the "cradle of Nordic skiing", which will be the hotspot of great world challenges like never before.

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