Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 28 January 2021 – Ten days to go until the start of the great show. Cortina d’Ampezzo is ready for the Alpine World Ski Championships, the main event of the alpine skiing season, which Fondazione Cortina 2021 always believed they would be able to bring to fruition.
From 7 to 21 February, the Queen of the Dolomites will be the focal point for the world of skiing, with the very best athletes in the various disciplines competing for career-defining medals. The wait is over; after Chamonix and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (World Cup), the next destination for everyone is Cortina d’Ampezzo, where continuous and abundant snowfalls have created a picture-perfect winter landscape.
Conditions, however, that require additional work on the part of the track staff, who have been busy prepping the snow for days. Some of the work has been anticipated, but grooming and watering operations are in full flow since last week. With an eye on the weather forecast, the crew is ready to intervene in the case of further snowfalls. The dressing of the tracks and the installation of structures and technological infrastructure are also in full swing.
Gianpietro Ghedina, Mayor of Cortina d’Ampezzo: «There has been a little bit of worry, but not fear. Working as a team and having the support of everyone, the country and the institutions gave us great strength. We are now on the home stretch with the finish line in clear view.»
Valerio Toniolo, Government Commissioner for Cortina 2021: «From 2017 to today, the Government has guaranteed 40 million euros and together with private contributions we have a total investment of 95 million. We guaranteed the necessary works for the World Championships and we wanted to accompany Cortina to leave an important legacy. It’s great team work, an example of an Italy that succeeds».
Giuseppe Pierro, Head of the Department for Sport – Presidency of the Council of Ministers: «It is the first international event during the pandemic, and the whole world is watching us. With Cortina d’Ampezzo we will set an example because it is an international model for collaboration between the public and private sectors. Cortina will be a springboard, a successful event».
Flavio Roda, President of the Italian Winter Sports Federation: «This great organization will realize a World Championship event characterised by innovation. FISI has endeavoured to give its very best in the preparations in order to arrive at the event with competitive athletes. We have a great women’s team, which is being noticed; our athletes will do well».
Alberto Ghezze, Director of Sport Areas, Fondazione Cortina 2021: «Together with the Government Commissioner, we carefully considered works and improvements to the slopes that were non-invasive to nature, because the event lasts two weeks and afterwards we want to leave a legacy. 450 people are working to prepare the tracks, with 20 snow groomers and 25 quads. Our mission is to give the athletes the best possible racing conditions».
Alessandro Benetton, President of Fondazione Cortina 2021: «I come from a culture where accounts are done at the end. We are ready for the final effort and I am aware of the important work that has been done and of the great teamwork taking place. Thanks to the skills of the team, it will be a successful sports event that once again will demonstrate the important role a major international event can play in relaunching a territory. This is what I mean when I talk about the snowball effect».
THE NUMBERS OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The numbers behind the organisation of the of the first major winter sports event in the pandemic era, are impressive. There are 5 world championship tracks (the athletes will compete for medals on 4 of these, while 1 is dedicated to qualification races); 13 races, that will decide an equal number of world titles and assign a total of 39 medals; 600 athletes from 70 nations will take turns during the 14 days of the event. There are 3.500 people involved in the event, including staff, volunteers and members of the Federations; 450 men working on the tracks, 550 accredited media; 140 television cameras are installed and 90 of these will operate simultaneously, transmitting images to more than 500 viewers worldwide.
THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAM
Inauguration on 7 February, then immediately three days of excitement with competition for the women’s combined, women’s and men’s super-G and men’s combined titles. 11 and 12 February will be dedicated to the downhill tests, and, before the rest day, the two downhill races: Saturday 13 for women, Sunday 14 for men. During the second week, the protagonists will be the specialists of the technical disciplines. The show will resume with the parallel slalom (February 16) and the team parallel slalom (February 17). The grand finale takes place from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 February, with women’s giant slalom, men’s giant slalom, women’s slalom and men’s slalom, in that order. Two weeks of sport, adrenaline and great entertainment in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
APP & VIRTUAL MEDIA CENTER
The official Cortina 2021 App (available for both iOS and Android devices) is designed to fully involve and engage the public, who will not be able to attend live. Every day, a lot of content will be available, including news, live races, competitions with prizes, live streaming of press conferences and lots of “behind the scenes”, allowing users to experience the event interactively.
The Virtual Media Centre is a technological platform that will allow all accredited and registered media to access a series of exclusive content. A tool designed to facilitate the work of the media working remote. Images, videos, quotes, links to follow the press conferences (with the possibility to ask questions) and the FIS jury meetings.