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Recent FIS News
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Third Tour title for Kowalczyk and Cologna
The Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski 2011/2012 performance by Craft Sportswear edition 2011/2012 will be remembered for nail-biting excitement. Although two athletes, Dario Cologna and Justyna Kowalcyzk, again proved to be ‘unbeatable' and went on to clinch their third career Tour de Ski titles, great performances from many athletes were seen. In the 18 competitions that were held during the nine days, a total of seven different ladies were on the podium and 12 men. Interestingly, however, the two dominators Marit Bjoergen and Justyna Kowalczyk were on the ladies' podium in each stage!
For the first time, the Tour included 11 days of travelling, nine days of competition and two rest days. From heavy snowfall to stormy weather, one day with heavy rain and finally glorious sunshine in Italy, 20 nations and a total of 173 athletes embarked on the challenge in Oberhof while 18 nations and 101 athletes finished on the top of Alpe Cermis.
The Tour de Ski has become a highly interesting sports event, for the athletes, spectators, media and sponsors alike. The overall prize money handed out during the event amounted to CHF 720'070, whilst the winners were awarded 400 World Cup points for the overall victory. Amazing numbers of spectators were reached again this year. The last stage in Val di Fiemme witnessed a new record of 30,000 visitors enjoying the day on the uphill cheering for the racers. In Norway, the country where Cross-Country Skiing was born, over 1.135 million persons (Norway has approximately 4.7 million inhabitants) watched the men's Final Climb. This translates to a market share of 83,8%, meaning that this was the proportion of the all television viewers in Norway watching Cross-Country Skiing. Also in Germany, the viewer figures were excellent, as the men's final was watched by 4.32 million Germans.
For the second time, the amateurs had the chance to race the same final stage as the athletes, just two and a half hours before the Final Climb started. "Rampa con i Campioni" was well appreciated, and had a total of 200 participants that took up the challenge. Who won the race? Nobody else than the former world champion Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset from Norway and the former racer Lada Nesterenko from the Ukraine.
"The Tour de Ski is becoming a real brand and I am really satisfied with its development," stated Jürg Capol, FIS Race Director. "Cross-Country Skiing is no longer just about going into the woods and coming out to finish. We have different formats and attract thousands of fans on site or in front of TV. The Tour de Ski is our premium product and with all the facts and figures from this year's event, I believe we are on the right way."
Contributed by Sandra Spitz