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Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 22 February 2021 – The 46th Alpine World Ski Championships have been concluded. With the men’s slalom and the closing ceremony, followed by the handover to the French delegation of Courchevel-Méribel 2023, Cortina 2021 takes her leave from the international stage, after two weeks of spectacular races and thrilling sports moments.
Despite the difficulties that marked the preparation phase, above all the Covid-19 pandemic, which dictated a closed-door event and an organisation of spaces and people never seen before – The World Championships succeeded in delivering optimal management of athletes (600), teams (from 70 countries), volunteers (approximately 700), technicians, press, and guests, in order to guarantee everyone’s health and safety. A success – unanimously recognised also by the international press – made possible by the synergy between all the stakeholders, both public and private (in particular FISI, the Italian Government, the Veneto Region, the Province of Belluno, the local administration, partners and sponsors) under the direction of Fondazione Cortina 2021.
The slopes (Olympia, Vertigine, Druscié, Labirinti, Lacedelli), expanded with interventions made for the occasion and prepared during these two weeks with great professionalism by the track crew, have confirmed Cortina d’Ampezzo as one of the most important locations for competitive skiing at international level, projecting the Queen of the Dolomites towards the Olympic dream of Milano-Cortina 2026.
The sports event was followed by 500 million people worldwide, via television and new media, making it possible for the public to take part “remotely”.
The performance of the phygital strategy proves the strength of these tools in involving the community of enthusiasts and the excellent choices made by Fondazione Cortina 2021. 3.8 million pages were visualised on the World Championship website , with more than 625 thousand unique visitors and a rate of return of 25%.
There were 336 hours of streaming at the Virtual Media Centre, with 1,077 registered journalists, almost 600 news pieces distributed and over 886 thousand cam views. Great success also for the Cortina 2021 Official App, which achieved 37 thousand downloads, with more than 77 thousand completed missions and 2 thousand prizes awarded.
The digital channels registered more than 2.3 million active users, with an average increase in the fanbase of 23.6%, 20.3 million impressions and over 55,000 user-generated #Cortina2021 content.
Overall, the Alpine World Ski Championships were followed in 190 countries, confirming the event as a formidable international showcase for Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Dolomites and the entire nation.
Cortina 2021 has provided a model for a new normal of major international sports events in the Covid era, allowing athletes, teams, fans and enthusiasts all over the world to return to experience the thrill of international races, by applying management skills and professionalism in the organisation.
“I am really proud of the work done, I thank Valerio Giacobbi and the whole team that have never given up during these challenging months of changing scenarios, and continuously having to come up with innovative solutions and new strategic approaches – says Alessandro Benetton, President of Fondazione Cortina 2021 – We have delivered an experience that will make history and provided a wealth of knowledge and skills fundamental for the future and for the next great milestone of Milan-Cortina 2026, to the community of Cortina d’Ampezzo and to Italy“.
“Receiving everyone’s applause fills us with satisfaction – says Valerio Giacobbi, CEO of Fondazione Cortina 2021 – Our organizational success is the victory of a work group, of a territory, of companies that have believed in us and institutions that placed themselves at the service of a country that wanted at all costs to demonstrate that it is necessary to look to the future with confidence and enthusiasm, despite adversities. Thank you all very much“.
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