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Moscow as stage for FIS City World Cups
The Russian capital of Moscow will serve as the stage for a total of four different discipline World Cups this season. The FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann will be the first to visit the famous Luzhniki Olympic Stadium, the biggest sports stadium in Russia, on 2nd February 2012. Thereafter, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup will follow with the parallel slalom City Event on 21st February. In March, the LG Snowboard World Cup will again return to the city for two parallel slalom races on 3rd March while the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup aerial specialist will take the stage a week later on 10th March 2012.
This week will not be the first time that the elite cross-country skiers get together for a FIS World Cup in Moscow, as the Russian metropolis was on the schedule already in 1990 and 2000. But it is the first time that the Sprint World Cup is held around the famous Luzhniki Park.
"I am looking forward to the World Cup event in Moscow; it will be a historical race and with all the strong Russian sprint athletes, several thousand spectators are expected to come and cheer on their stars," said FIS Race Director Jürg Capol. "Now we just hope that the temperatures will get a bit warmer so we can carry out an excellent sprint in Moscow."
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup City Event will also be held in the Luzhniki Park. It will be the third time a parallel event on a huge scaffolding construction will take place in Moscow (RUS).The previous events were held in Moscow on 2nd January and 21st November 2009 but on those occasions the events were held in front of Moscow's State University's main building and on the grounds of the Moscow City Palace of Children's and Youth Creativity.
The huge ramp is currently under construction with the final installation of the lifts and the snow-making completing the facility. Eligible for participation in the parallel slalom will be the top 16 ladies and men based on the overall World Cup Starting List (WCSL) with a wild card in each gender going to a Russian racer. The final list of those qualified will be available after the World Cup events in Bansko (BUL) for the men and in Sochi (RUS) for the ladies. To see the list of currently qualified racers, please click here.
The ramp in the Luzhniki Olympic Complex will be 56 meters high, 37 meters wide and 175 meters long which means that race run times of around 20 seconds are expected.