Course unveiled for Sprint Québec 2012 presented by Quebecor

24 May 2012 08:36
Alex Harve presents the course in Quebec
Alex Harve presents the course in Quebec -

Québec City, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – In Québec City for the SportAccord Convention, the president of Fédération internationale de ski (FIS), Gian Franco Kasper, took time out to unveil the official course for Sprint Québec 2012/FIS Cross Country World Cup along with Pierre Karl Péladeau, Quebecor president and CEO.

Kasper also looked ahead to preparations for the FIS Snowboard World Championships in 2013: “It is two firsts for the province of Québec: the first senior FIS World Championships in any discipline and a first FIS Cross Country World Cup in the heart of any city in America.”

A World Cup in the city

Sprint Québec 2012/FIS Cross Country World Cup presented by Quebecor will kick off the season, giving visitors and locals a foretaste of the winter months to come as skiers from close to 25 countries race around an 800-meters track just a snowball’s throw from the Québec Parliament. Set to the spectacular backdrop of one of the world’s most beautiful destinations, it will give visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the international elite. “It will be a great opportunity for the public to watch the cross country ski racing up close and to encourage our Canadian World and Olympic champion athletes,” says Jim McCarthy, president of Cross Country Canada.

A new and improved course

After witnessing a World Cup stage in Düsseldorf, Germany, GESTEV president Patrice Drouin settled on a similar European-style formula for Québec City. “I found the format very interesting and so we decided to take another look at the Québec City course and to work on a new vision as a group,” he explains. “It promises to be even more spectacular for the public!” According to Drouin, the new official course will bring spectators even closer to the action, with athletes going round the course twice in both individual and team sprints.

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