To mark the occasion, tomorrow (Friday) at 5.00 pm there will be a live streaming event on the social media channels of FISI (Italian Federation of Winter Sports) and Fondazione Cortina 2021, with Sofia Goggia, Dominik Paris, Zoran Filicic and Jacopo Pozzi
Alessandro Benetton “We are facing the last push towards the finish line with great confidence”.
Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 29 October 2020 – -100 days to the Championships! Tomorrow, Friday 30 October, it will be just over three months to the beginning of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, scheduled to take place in Cortina d’Ampezzo from 7 to 21 February next year.
The countdown signals the final push for the sporting event that will bring all the major international ski champions to the Queen of the Dolomites and will also mark the much-awaited return of men’s competitions in the shadow of the Tofane after an absence of thirty years. It also signals the beginning of the 100 busiest and most challenging days of the whole preparatory process, in the midst of the current Covid-19 emergency.
To celebrate this important moment – which sees Fondazione Cortina 2021 on the starting blocks for the final sprint – tomorrow at 5.00 pm in live streaming on FISI social channels the sports journalist Zoran Filicic and Jacopo Pozzi of The Owl Post will be hosting an exciting show. Together they will relive the various stages of the journey that will culminate in the most important event of this winter season: the theme of the event will be the number 100, so simple and yet so perfect and full of expectations for the upcoming World Championships.
Filicic and Pozzi will be joined by champions Sofia Goggia, Cortina 2021 Ambassador – who has an extra-special relationship with the Queen of the Dolomites – and Dominik Paris, one of Italy’s most medalled skiers of all time: they will explain what these “-100 days” to the Championships means to them – the emotions, ambitions and expectations they have of the World Championships.
There will also be live coverage of the event on Cortina 2021’s social media channels.
“The grave pandemic we have been facing since March has not halted the efforts of Fondazione Cortina 2021, FIS and the Italian government to cross the finish line and celebrate this important international event – said Valerio Toniolo, Works Commissioner for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Cortina 2021 – Thanks to amazing synergy involving the whole area, Cortina is now ready to host the World Championships, having invested in sports facilities which focus on relaunching the area, urban regeneration and environmental sustainability. There’s no denying that the current emergency is forcing us to rethink our approach to large-scale events, through the use of digital support and new technologies to ensure compliance with social distancing rules, as protecting everyone’s health is the top priority and sport is instrumental in that”.
“We are proud of what we have accomplished up to now: the whole community is excited and looking forward to the World Championships – commented Gianpietro Ghedina, Mayor of Cortina d’Ampezzo – We are approaching this final stage with conflicting emotions of worry and excitement but we have the organisational skills to make our country and Cortina proud whatever happens”.
“We are approaching these last few weeks in the run-up to the Championships with determination and confidence – stated Alessandro Benetton, President of Fondazione Cortina 2021 – We never thought we would be facing this final stage in the midst of a pandemic but we are pulling out all the stops to make sure the event is safe and to promote the beauty of Cortina and Italy’s great sporting tradition to all four corners of the globe. We are constantly analysing every opportunity, preparing for every eventuality that could arise between now and next February, so we are ready to deal with anything in the most efficient and promptest manner possible. These -100 days to the World Championships show the strength, resilience and stubbornness of the Cortina 2021 team and the great confidence the whole area has in this long-awaited event”.