Kreischberg 2015 mid-summer inspection focuses on competition schedules

06 August 2014 16:08
Kreischberg 2015 is approaching
Kreischberg 2015 is approaching -

The clock continues to tick down to the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships that will take place in January 2015 in Kreischberg (AUT).

With the busiest schedule of any World Championship event in FIS history, members of the 2015 Kreischberg Local Organising Committee, Austrian Ski Association and a FIS delegation that included Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier and Freestyle Skiing Coordinator Joe Fitzgerald met in the Austrian region of Styria on 31st July 2014 for a Coordination Group Meeting.

The agenda included fine tuning the competition schedule and contingency plans in case of inclement weather, as well as an assessment of sports demands and notably an in-depth discussion of the schedule from a television perspective. “The sheer amount of events in such a short period of time is impressive, but it takes careful coordination and planning of the details, which was a major focus of the meeting,” said Beier. “These meetings are about ensuring that no matter what weather we face, we will be prepared to present to the world a high level of Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing events.”

A total of 24 medal events (12 in Freestyle Skiing, 12 in Snowboarding) are on the schedule in Kreischberg with the competitions being staged in a 10-day period from 15th-25th January 2015.

While the Snowboard parallel giant slalom and slalom events will be held on the slopes of nearby Lachtal, all other competitions will take place at Kreischberg resort.

Freestyle Skiing Coordinator Joseph Fitzgerald commented: “The 2015 Organising Committee, under the leadership of Hello Haas, has been working really hard to confirm that all of the different services and overlays are working together. Our focus during this inspection was to put together the sport and TV schedules so they operate seamlessly. The Organisers are undertaking massive measures to stage the Worlds in 2015 with a fresh perspective and to continue to build on the momentum for the disciplines gained from the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.”