FIS Ski Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf set to begin
The 25th edition of the FIS Ski Flying World Championships is ready to start with four days of action in Oberstdorf (GER) beginning on Thursday 18th January.
On the heels of one of the most successful Four Hills Tournaments ever, and as a preamble to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2021, expectations are high for the championships. Of special note is that athletes, spectators and media will be welcomed to a newly renovated jumping hill and stadium, which was finished this past summer.
In total, 16 nations will be fighting for the titles of FIS World Champion in Ski Flying in an individual (Friday/Saturday) and a team event (Sunday). Action will kick off on Thursday with the qualification round.
The European Broadcast Union is the rights holder for the event and has announced that it will provide live streaming of all competitions on its eurovisionsport.tv player. The stream will also be available on the FIS homepage. (Some territories may be geo-blocked).
It will be the sixth time that Oberstdorf has hosted the FIS World Ski Flying Championships following successful editions in 1973, 1981, 1988, 1998 and 2008. The Local Organsing Committee is expecting record crowds to flock to the Schattenberg Ski Flying hill with interest in Ski Jumping high especially following the recent Four Hills Tournament.
“We look forward to having this exhilarating title event on the newly renovated hill in Oberstdorf. The top modern facilities are extraordinary and given the natural enthusiasm in the region for ski jumping, we can expect a true sports festival marked by spectacular flights,” stated Gian Franco Kasper, FIS President.
All eyes are sure to be on Kamil Stoch (POL) who recently earned the Four Hills title in spectacular style after sweeping all four events, but he will face tough competition as Richard Freitag (GER) will look to take advantage of the home crowd and make up for his missed chance at this year’s Four Hills. Meanwhile, Peter Prevc (SLO) will look to defend his title from 2016.
Norway looks like the team to beat for the team event title. The nation has won all three Ski Jumping team events thus far this season and shows no signs of slowing.
Dr. Peter Kruijer, chairman of the Skiclub Oberstdorf said, "We renovated the Heini-Klopfer-Ski Flying hill with a high financial investment and it is now a state of the art facility. The hill already passed its first test last year, but we further optimised the stadium, especially for the spectators. With great anticipation and together with 800 volunteers we are getting ready for a huge number of spectators and we are convinced that the fans, on site and the in front of the TV, will get to see spectacular sporting performances.“