Falun 2015 hosts series of World Cups, Finals and test events
With less than one year until the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun (SWE), the Organisers successfully hosted the first FIS Ski Jumping World Cup event since twelve years from 25th-26th February 2014.
Serving both as a regular World Cup competition in addition to a pre-World Championship test, the Cross-Country, ladies’ Ski Jumping and the Nordic Combined World Cup Tours will all come to Falun for their season finals in mid-March. Falun’s motto for the 2015 World Championships is ‘Beyond Skiing’ and their first key test in the lead-up to 2015 lived up to that motto.
"The men’s Ski Jumping World Cup competition was more than a test event. Although the whole facility is still affected by the remaining construction works, everything that's relevant for carrying out a sporting event was well prepared. You almost couldn’t tell that there hasn’t been a Ski Jumping World Cup organised here in many years. The professional approach and the friendliness of the volunteers and staff was impressive. We didn't hear any negative feedback from any of the participating teams. From a technical point of view, the wind protection for the large hill was still in the trial stage and we are still looking for ways to improve it to be prepared for the upcoming World Championships", FIS Race Director Walter Hofer said.
In the Ski Jumping competition, Team Olympic Champion Severin Freund (GER) was in great shape on the HS 134 large hill. With a new hill record of 130.50 metres, he won ahead of Peter Prevc (SLO) and Noriaki Kasai (JPN). Only three days later the HS 100 was tested in two ladies' and men's Continental Cup competitions.