Whilst the season for most FIS disciplines is completed, Speed Skiing is still in high gear with all eyes on Idre Fjäll (SWE) which will host the 2017 FIS World Championships this weekend from 24th-26th March.
18 medals are up for grabs in six categories on the impressively steep Choken slope featuring a drop of 48°. In just a few seconds, athletes will accelerate to speeds up to, and beyond, 180km/h.
Besides speed one, where skiers wear aerodynamic helmets and a full body skin tight suit made of latex, the World Championships also stage competitions in which the athletes compete in regular Alpine Skiing gear.
More than 80 junior and senior athletes representing 18 countries will compete. Sweden, France and Italy are expected to take the lion's share of the medals with Austria having strong chances in the speed one category.
Italian athletes remain the ones to beat. With reigning World Champions Valentina Greggio leading the World Cup standings and Ivan Origone sitting in second position in the men’s rankings, expectations are high for both speed skiing stars. Former winners on this track, notably Christian Jansson (SWE) and Jukka Viitasaari (FIN) who is celebrating a comeback from retirement, will be among their strongest competitors.
The events will be streamed live on FIS-SKI.com.