Val di Fiemme is a valley in Trentino, Italy and home to 12 different muncipalities with Cavalese being the administrative and Predazzo being the economic centre. The next biggest city is Trento. It is a popular tourist destination in winter and summer, well-known for its marvelous dolomite mountains offering plenty of alpine and nordic skiing opportunities.
Val di Fiemme is surrounded by two natural parks and stunning Dolomite peaks, that Unesco declared World Heritage Site - Corno Bianco, dominating the South-Tyrolean canyon of Bletterbach, Mountain group of Latemar, with its incredible tops, and the park Paneveggio Pale di San Martino.
Fiemme is famous for being “The Valley of Harmony” thanks to the prestigious resonance trees used to realize sounding boards for pianos and violins, once appreciated by Stradivari and nowadays still wanted by internationally-famous luthiers.
The ski jumping venue is located in Predazzo where two hills are awaiting the athletes in the Guiseppe dal Ben stadium with its capacity of 15.000 spectators: a HS 134 large hill and a HS 106 normal hill. First hills in Predazzo go back until the 1960ies, while the hills in their current shape were built for the World Championships in 1991. After the hills being modernised and used for new editions of the World Championships in 2003 and 2013, Predazzo developed into a popular international training center in winter and summer time.
The Cross-Country stadium is situated approx. five km east of Cavalese, the main city of Val di Fiemme. For more than 50 years the trails in Lago di Tesero have been a great place for practicing cross-country skiing. Its enviable position and its consolidated experience in artificial snow production, also thanks to a cutting-edge system, guarantee perfect tracks. For this reason the centre is open from December to the middle of March, despite it is located only 850 m above sea level.
The stadium, site of the 1991, 2003 and 2013 Nordic World Championships, offers a great variety of tracks. There can be some changes in the tracks, but they are mostly challenging and quite difficult. However the connection to the Marcialonga track guarantees more than 8 kms of easy slopes, mainly flat, in both directions, to Predazzo and to Molina di Fiemme.
Moreover thanks to its lighting system you will get the chance to ski at night as well.
The capacity of the stadium is about 8.000 spectators and on the track approx. 20.000 can follow the competitions. Every January, Cross-Country skiers can take part in the famous ski marathon, "Marcialonga," which starts in Moena and reaches Canazei in Val di Fassa, and then returns to Val di Fiemme while passing by many villages near Cavalese.
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Not only is Jan Schmid the current leader of the World Cup, today he also proved that he can win a race from the front, all by himself. In an incredible tour de force, Schmid caught teammate and jumping leader Jarl Riiber and Mario Seidl and proceeded to ski into the finish undisputedly. In the end, 8.0 seconds separated Schmid from a big group that sprinted for the places. Lukas Klapfer had the best end and captured rank two, his second podium in three days and Fabian Rießle beat teammate Johannes Rydzek for the third rank (+8.3).
In a nailbiter of a finish, young German Vinzenz Geiger took the victory of his first Team Sprint for the German team together with teammate Eric Frenzel in Val di Fiemme today. He outsprinted teammate Johannes Rydzek for the win. Rydzek/Rießle finished 0.7 seconds after Geiger/Frenzel. The third place was equally contested. Only a photo finish could decide Magnus Moan and Eero Hirvonen's finish line sprint and the Norwegian veteran had the better end.
"Maybe my best competition ever", Jørgen Graabak commented the first of three events in Val di Fiemme. The Norwegian convinced with a strong jump and an equally strong race and finished 18.3 seconds ahead of Johannes Rydzek. Lukas Klapfer ended the Austrian team's dry spell with the third rank. He finished 0.1 seconds after Rydzek after a finish line sprint. Also sprinting for the podium was the man in the yellow bib, Jan Schmid, but missed it by 0.2 seconds.
Norwegian Espen Andersen currently wears the blue bib of the “Best Jumper” and proved to be worthy of this position today. He won the Provisional Competition Round in Val di Fiemme with a jump of 132 metres and 139.1 points. Should the PCR be used, this means a head start of 8 seconds on second-placed Akito Watabe. The Japanese delivered 130.5 metres (137 p.).
After an involuntary long Christmas break due to the cancellation of Otepää (EST) on the past weekend, the Nordic Combined World Cup is finally back in action. Three events are on schedule at this fourth competition weekend of the season, one Team Sprint and two Individual Gundersen competitions.
There is no beating Eric Frenzel these days! The 28-year-old claimed his sixth season victory on the final day in Val di Fiemme.