With the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (KOR) reaching the one year to go mark, it is now the turn of the FIS Nordic disciplines to stage their official test events in the heart of Asia.
First up will be the FIS Cross-Country World Cup, presented by Viessmann, which will be in action this weekend at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre for sprint and skiathlon races.
“We are very much looking forward to holding our test events in Korea,” said FIS Race Director Pierre Mignerey. “This is a big chance for our World Cup athletes to preview the course and see what day-to-day life will be like during the Olympics next year.”
During the same weekend, the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, presented by Viessmann will also be in action with two Gundersen competitions on Saturday and Sunday. It will be their chance to debut the Alpensia Jumping Centre, which successfully hosted the FIS Snowboard big air World Cup earlier this season.
“Our athletes are very eager to get to Korea and get a feel for both the Cross-Country course and naturally to take their first jumps on the hill,” said FIS Nordic Combined Race Director Lasse Ottesen. “It is a critical preparation not only for the Organising Committee POCOG, but also for the athletes to get familiar with the facilities.”
Two weeks later the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup, presented by Viessmann stops at the Alpensia Jumping Centre, which will feature both the men and ladies on 15th-16th February getting their first taste of the hills, with the men jumping on the large hill, while the ladies compete on the normal hill. For the men, the stop in PyeongChang lines up nicely with their World Cup schedule after the traditional competition in Sapporo (JPN) directly prior to the Korean stop.
“We are fortunate that our athletes are well acquainted with traveling to Asia as we have many established competitions there both for the men and ladies,” said FIS Ski Jumping Race Director Walter Hofer. “But the Olympics are always something special and I believe our athletes are very excited for the mid-month test events.”