Green light for Moscow City Event
The season’s only City Event is now just a little over a week away. The world’s best overall ski racers will be convening in Moscow (RUS) on 21st February for a parallel slalom event on a huge ramp in the Luzhniki Olympic Complex.
Hans Pieren, FIS Race Director for the men’s technical events, conducted the official snow control in Moscow and has confirmed the event as scheduled: “There is sufficient snow, everything is a go.”
The event starting time was amended to 18:45 local time (15:45 CET) in order to accommodate for the UEFA Champions League schedule which features a game between ZSKA Moscow and Real Madrid on the same day.
After the two promotional events in 2009, this is the first time that the Russian capital will organize an Audi FIS Ski World Cup event awarding World Cup points.
Eligibility for the Moscow event will be determined based on the overall World Cup Starting List after the upcoming World Cup events in Bansko (BUL) for the men and Sochi (RUS) for the ladies. Qualified are the top 15 and in addition, a wild card is awarded to one Russian male and female racer. To see the list of currently qualified racers, click here.
So far the winners of the so-called City Events have been Felix Neureuther (GER) on 2nd January 2009, and Therese Borssen of Sweden and Marcel Hirscher of Austria on 21st November 2009 in Moscow. In Munich (GER), the victory on 2nd January 2011 went to Maria Pietilä-Holmner (SWE) and Ivica Kostelic (CRO).