Jakuszyce/Szklarska Poreba (POL) optimistic despite warm weather

07 January 2014 19:49
Aurore Jean (FRA), Denise Herrmann (GER), Vesna Fabjan (SLO), Hanna Erikson (SWE)
Aurore Jean (FRA), Denise Herrmann (GER), Vesna Fabjan (SLO), Hanna Erikson (SWE) -
FIS

Warm weather is causing problem for Organizers of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Jakuszyce/Szklarska Poreba (POL), which is scheduled on 18th-19th January. 

The Organizing Committee stays optimistic

The warm weather, rain and mild wind has melted some of the snow from the stadium and course. The Organizing Committee, however, stays positive. “We are sure we will be ready with all the courses, stadium and other facilities for the teams to arrive after Nove Mesto,” Jacek Jaskowiak, head of the LOC said to FIS Cross-Country News.

The Organizing committee collected snow from the surrounding areas of the Jakuszyce Cross-Country venue and brought it by truck to the stadium. “The weather forecast is optimistic as we should get almost 40cm of new snow in the upcoming week,” Jaskowiak said.

Big spectators interest

Poland loves Cross-Country Skiing and its super star Justyna Kowalczyk. When the FIS Cross-Country World Cup came to Poland for the first time two years ago, thousands of spectators were on site and millions of TV viewers watched the home victory of Kowalczyk on TV. The Organizing Committee expects even more spectators this year. “We have sold more than 3,000 tickets in advance. The number is growing every day. We have also invited many ski clubs and other sport enthusiasts,” Kinga Jaworek from the Organising Committee  said to FIS Cross-Country News.

 Competition program

Saturday, 18th January 2014

14:15 CET                                                        Sprint free ladies/men

Sunday, 19th January

09:45 CET 15 km mass start classic men
12:45 CET 10 km mass start classic ladies

Winners 2012

Sprint free ladies

1. Ida Ingemarsdotter, SWE
2. Maiken Caspersen Falla, NOR
3. Kikkan Randall, USA

Sprint free men

1. Devon Kershaw, CAN
2. Nikolay Morilov, RUS
3. Ola Vigen Hattestad, NOR

Ladies 10 km Classic

1. Justyna Kowalczyk, POL
2. Marit Bjøegen, NOR
3. Therese Johaug, NOR

Men 15 km Classic

1. Johan Olsson, SWE
2. Dario Cologna, SUI
3. Alexander Legkov, RUS