Cortina 2021 making impressive progress

The 4th Coordination Group Meeting for the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships was held in Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA) last week. The delegation consisted of FIS technical and administrative staff led by Secretary General Sarah Lewis, representatives from the Italian Ski Association, FISI, led by Alpine Skiing director Massimo Rinaldi and Infront Sports & Media marketing and broadcast specialists.

Since the previous Coordination Group meeting in the spring, significant progress has been made with the construction of the new finish area for the Rumerlo venue, where the speed races will be staged and the current finish area of the ladies’ World Cup races. Meanwhile, progress has also been made on the slalom course, which incorporates part of the former Olympic slalom Druscie course that will additionally have a newly constructed finish area.

The transportation services to both mid-mountain finish areas has also moved ahead with widening of the street on the way up to the finish areas, in anticipation of the crowds that will descend on Cortina in February 2021. The Italian government has approved 40 million Euros for the major construction work.

Away from the courses and infrastructure progress, major work is also being undertaken in the areas of volunteer recruitment, media operations and promotion. Most notable since the last meeting was the launch of the sharp Cortina 2021 website, with a slick look and feel that gives the general public a feel of the passion of skiing in the Dolomite town.

“Cortina has had very ambitious plans for the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships,” said FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis. “Renewing this traditional resort is an important undertaking and it is being carried out with a view to stage outstanding Championships as well as serve the public and the sport for many years afterwards. The LOC is tackling the challenges of adapting two finish areas and the technical infrastructure head on and making great progress. Just over three years from now, the world will be re-introduced to one of the gems of Central Europe.”