As the Longines countdown clock to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships from 6th-19th February located in downtown St. Moritz (SUI) will hit zero in the coming week, below are some interesting facts and figures:
- 589 athletes (360 men and 229 ladies) from 76 different nations are entered to compete
- Altogether, 11 medal events are on the schedule, 5 for men, 5 for ladies & one mixed team event
- 15 broadcasters from all over the world will show the action live. The production of the international television signal is the responsibility of SRF, the Swiss public service broadcaster.
- More than 1300 volunteers will support the World Championships in different areas such as accreditation, transport or hospitality
- As presenting sponsor of the World Championships, Audi provides a fleet of 15 vehicles to escort athletes, officials and guests
- More than 76’000 tickets have been sold so far, with some further tickets still available here.
- The FIS World Championships medals, created by Swiss Designer Alex W. Diggelmann (1902-1987), have been manufactured solely for FIS since 1952. Each medal weighs 137 grams.
- Austrian composer and long-time director of the well-known Haydn choir Otto Strobl (born 1927) composed the FIS fanfare, the official anthem of FIS. The fanfare will be used at each key event including the opening ceremony and presentation of athlets and officials, the raising of the FIS flag, the start of each race, the winner’s presentations and award ceremonies, as well as the closing ceremony.
To see the event schedule, click here:
For further information, stay tuned to the official website www.stmoritz2017.ch/en/ and follow the hashtag #stmoritz2017 on Social Media.