Sochi Olympic Freestyle and Snowboard courses have FIS final inspection
The first snow has fallen on the peaks of the Sochi mountain range and the slopes in the Extreme Park in Kasnaya Polyana/Rosa Khutor (RUS), the site of the Olympic Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard competitions are now close to completion. Next February, ten Freestyle Skiing and ten Snowboard events will host more than 500 top athletes, competing on 130,000 square meters of sculpted terrain.
For the last time before the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, FIS Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard experts inspected the Extreme Park from October 9th-10th October 2013 as part of a series of 15 inspections over the past six years. In addition to FIS Officials, key staff from the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, the Freestyle Federation of Russia and the Russian Snowboard and Alpine Associations participated in the meeting.
After the Freestyle and Snowboard test events in February 2013 and several inspections in the following months to optimise courses and working processes, all venues are now measured to meet international sports standards with only a few adjustments remaining.
Perfect competition setting for Freestyle and Snowboard
FIS Freestyle Skiing Coordinator Joe Fitzgerald, who has participated as an Organiser or Official in every Winter Olympics since 1988 stated: "We have been able to watch and participate in a fantastic process over the past six years. I recall walking through the forest looking for finish areas and the competition slopes. I have been able to witness the transformation of the ski area and the local town into a world class ski resort and Olympic competition venue. These slopes are probably the best-ever competition venue and setting for our 10 Freestyle Skiing and 10 Snowboard competitions. Now the final overlay begins with spectator stands, mixed zones and a myriad of other tools and equipment needed to prepare these world class stadiums.”
FIS Race Director Uwe Beier confirmed: “The most significant work has now been completed and the Organisers are getting ready for the final sprint. First snow and cool temperatures are giving hope for a good start to the winter. But of course, we are always considering the “worst case” and will be ready for that. We are confident that in the course of the next weeks, the final preparations will be completed and we look forward to great competitions next February.”
Roberto Moresi, Snowboard Assistant Race Director, added: "The most exciting part will be to finally build all the courses up to the highest possible level in order to enjoy top riders performing at their best."
While in Sochi, the FIS experts also met with key Sochi 2014 professional staff whom will be responsible for managing the competitions during the Games, such as the Chief of Competition and the Chief of Courses. In addition, over 400 National Technical Officials will be running the races. In the coming weeks, the Organising Committee will be training the respective teams and the many volunteers on functional tasks and specific responsibilities.