Audi FIS Ski World Cup / Moscow-2013

Audi FIS Ski World Cup / Moscow-2013



audi-fis-200x120 On January 29, 2013, the Russian capital, Moscow, for the fourth time will host the world's best skiers, who will gather here to determine the winner of the World Cup event in parallel slalom. It is interesting to note that a new venue has been prepared for these competitions every time they have been held in Moscow, which allows the competitors and their guests to become better acquainted with the Russian capital. And so, the site of this season's round of the World Cup will be at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre in north Moscow ...





Russia was the first to come up with the original idea to stage the Alpine Ski World Cup in parallel slalom as a "city event." The RUSSIAN ALPINE SKI AND SNOWBOARD FEDERATION / RASSF / gained a wealth of experience (as did other city organizations) when Moscow hosted the Snowboard World Cup Big Air event for two seasons in a row - 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 - followed by the Snowboard World Cup parallel slalom event. RASSF then approached FIS with the initiative to hold the Alpine Ski World Cup event in parallel slalom on an artificial ramp as well. The directors of FIS liked the idea, which also received the personal support of the FIS Men's World Cup race director, Günter Hujara. As a result, the decision was made at the 2008 International Ski Federation Congress to hold the first such round in Moscow. But it was unofficial. FIS put Moscow on its calendar for the 2008-2009 season as a venue for men's promotional parallel slalom events.



The first parallel slalom alpine ski competitions were held in Moscow on January 2, 2009 and attracted a great deal of interest. On race day, at least 30,000 viewers visited the site in Sparrow Hills in front of Moscow State University where the giant ramp was erected. The design of the ramp itself, about 60 meters tall, 200 meters long, almost 20 meters wide, and brightly lit from all sides, made for a particularly festive atmosphere.

Many celebrity athletes attended the first alpine ski events in Moscow - the Americans Bode Miller and Ted Ligety, Mario Matt and Reinfried Herbst from Austria, Jean-Baptiste Grange and Julien Lizeroux from France, Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, Didier Cuche of Switzerland, and many others. The event drew a total of 16 participants, including two wild cards from the host country - Russians Alexander Khoroshilov and Stepan Zuev.

The famous German slalom skier, Felix Neureuther, was the victor in the first Moscow competitions, while Grange took second place and Miller third. The overall consensus of those involved, including FIS officials, was that the competitions were staged at a global level. But their primary outcome was that this "promotional event" got a "green light" to organize more such competitions in Moscow. Based on the results, it was decided shortly afterward to hold a similar race in Moscow during the next season - 2009-2010.

The second Moscow alpine ski event on a scaffolding ramp took place the following season - on November 21, 2009. It was also of a promotional nature and considered unofficial, not awarding World Cup points. But it was significantly different from the first.

Алексис Пинтуро и Джулия Манкузо

Alexis Pinturault and Julia Mancuso

First of all, in addition to 16 male competitors, 8 female athletes also took part in the women's races. And second, the venue was moved. The artificial ramp was installed at the Moscow City Palace of Children's and Youth Creativity in Sparrow Hills, approximately one kilometer from the previous location.

These competitions once again drew many thousands of spectators and were as successful as the previous season's. New faces were seen at the Moscow podium for the men's events, which were dominated by the superstars of the ski world - Steve Missillier of France took first place, Marcel Hirscher of Austria took second, and third went to a Canadian, Michael Janyk. The Russians Alexander Khoroshilov and Stepan Zuev took part for the second year in a row and managed to make it into the quarter-finals. The women's competitions were very exciting, with Therese Borssén of Sweden claiming a somewhat unexpected victory, edging out the biggest celebrity on the women's side, Germany's Maria Riesch. Third place went to another Swede - Frida Hansdotter, who beat France's Sandrine Aubert to the podium. Ana Jelušić of Croatia, Fanny Chmelar of Germany, Maria Pietilä Holmner of Sweden, and Russia's Lyaysan Rayanova also skied in the women's competitions.

Алексис Пинтуро

Alexis Pinturault

After two successful parallel slalom promotional events, Moscow had finally made the case that "city event" competitions in alpine skiing deserved official status on the World Cup calendar. And that's exactly what happened. The next season's calendar included the first-ever official Alpine Ski World Cup event in parallel slalom. But that competition was not slated for Moscow, but for Munich, Germany, and scheduled for Jan. 1 of the 2010-2011 season, at Olympic Park in the Bavarian capital.

But Moscow also made it onto the official World Cup calendar in the 2011-2012 season, during which two official "city events" were planned - in Moscow and Munich. However, only the round in Moscow actually took place because bad weather forced Munich to cancel its event ...

On February 21, 2012, Moscow for the first time hosted an official event of the Alpine Ski World Cup in parallel slalom, which was attended by 16 of the best male and female World Cup athletes. Although the competitions were once again held in a new location - the Luzhniki sports complex - true to form, they were quite enthralling. The young Frenchman Alexis Pinturault was the unexpected victor in the men's event, beating out a veteran of the Moscow ramp, Felix Neureuther of Germany (the first winner of the first competition in Moscow), while André Myhrer of Sweden came in third. Interestingly, Switzerland's Beat Feuz and Marcel Hirscher of Austria only managed 7th and 8th place, respectively, although they battled each other fiercely for the entire second half of the season for overall victory in the World Cup.

Джулия Манкузо

Julia Mancuso

American Julia Mancuso's win was also somewhat of a surprise, as everyone had expected her compatriot, last season's almost invincible Lindsey Vonn, to triumph in Moscow. But the season's favorite and unquestioned leader relinquished the top prize to Mancuso in a personal duel in the semifinals, and eventually settled for third place, beating her friend and biggest rival of recent years, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, in the "consolation final." In the main race, Mancuso also outstripped the Austrian skier Michaela Kirchgasser and, like Pinturault in the men's event, went down in history as the first winner of the official Moscow World Cup event in parallel slalom.

The victors in Moscow were awarded 100 points, while second place was worth 80, and third place 60. All quarterfinalists received 30 points toward their overall World Cup standings, and skiers who were eliminated in first round still got 15 points.

Photos on a theme: gallery 1, gallery 2, gallery 3.



At the beginning of the winter season, Moscow will host the World Cup event in parallel slalom for the fourth time (and the second time officially). Sixteen of the best male and female World Cup athletes, both in slalom as well as in overall standings, will come to Moscow. The ramp, which stands about 60 meters tall, 20 meters wide, 200 meters long, and is now a familiar sight in the Russian capital, will be set up in the large area between the central entrance to the Exhibition Centre and its main pavilion. The total area for the construction work measures over 3,000 sq. meters. Workers have already begun building the scaffolding ramp, as well as all the infrastructure needed to hold the competitions, which are scheduled for Jan. 29, 2013 in Moscow. The organizers plan to provide spectators with a spacious venue with grandstand seating, because statistically over 200,000 viewers can be expected in a single day for a major sports event at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre. It is assumed that at least a tenth of that number will come to see the Moscow event of the Alpine Ski World Cup ...

As previously, the organizers of the event are RASSF, Moscow's city government, Russian Ski Association and the Exhibition Centre's general management.

These organizers feel that the Exhibition Centre is a superb competition venue. The Exhibition Centre itself is a favorite recreational spot for Moscow residents, as well as visitors to the Russian capital. The Exhibition Centre sits on a huge site, as large as a small town, and offers many venues for entertainment, various attractions, and amusement parks, and anyone who is interested is welcome to visit the Centre's many exhibit pavilions and learn about the latest Russian achievements in science, technology, space exploration, and much more.

P.S. Full, detailed information about the results of the alpine skiing and parallel slalom events held in Moscow can be found at the official FIS website.

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