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Sochi 2014: Rapid development for Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing
FIS Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier and FIS Freestyle Coordinator Joseph Fitzgerald visited Sochi last week to obtain an update first hand on the rapid developments taking place there. With less than three years left until the 2014 Games, the building of new venues is going well, whilst the importance of testing these venues over the coming seasons is the next step.
The visit was part of a series of inspections by FIS officials, the previous one having taken place in June 2011. Since then, a lot of progress has been made. “We can now see what the final product will look like as the construction project is in its final phase. It is a complex project with six different courses, all with different characteristics, ending into two finish zones some 300 meters apart,” explains Joseph Fitzgerald.
With slopestyle and halfpipe added onto the Olympic Winter program, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding have several related events with ski- and snowboard cross as well, which encourages even closer cooperation and generates synergies between. The main goal of this technical inspection in Sochi was to receive an overview of the latest developments as well as track setting for ski cross and snowboard cross. The first 400 meters of the ski/snowboard cross course will be shared so that Freestyle skiers and snowboarders will compete in the same turns. Thorough planning has led to an integrated plan, with major focus on transitions.
The FIS officials are satisfied with the current status and look forward to having the first competitions in Sochi: “We have been involved since the very beginning in 2005, initially with the conceptual phase, then the design brief and now the construction phase. All major details in the project are being developed to the highest standards.
Detailed meetings also took place in Sochi to plan the Continental Cup events in the 2011/12 season for both Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing. In 2013, the first World Cup events will be carried out to ensure all venues and courses are well-prepared for the Games.
Joseph Fitzgerald is pleased about the progress of construction work in Sochi and can hardly wait for the Sochi 2014 Games: “I think it is going to be an absolutely fabulous venue. All the really good features of the previous Olympic stadiums are in place and the venue is built to create a very special atmosphere. This will be a ski in/ski out venue.”.
For more information about the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, please visit http://sochi2014.com/en/
Contributed by Sofie Torlei Olsen