FIS Alpine Skiing European Cup Finals, hosted by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee in partnership with the Russian Alpine Skiing and Snowboard Federation, finished on March, 16 at the "Rosa Khutor" Alpine Center. Sochi said “Da!” to about 120 athletes fr om 24 countries. The competition also welcomed around 450 national technical officials (judges), and 250 sports volunteers.
The FIS Alpine Skiing European Cup Finals at the venue began after the conclusion of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) International Snowboard Cross competition and the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals making the competition the third international test event at “Rosa Khutor” Alpine center. Approximately 60 Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee employees successfully continued testing services and functions at the venue, which will host all skiing competitions for the 2014 Games.
The Finals of the European Cup were held from 14 to 15 of March.
On March, 14, events in the men's super-giant slalom and the ladies’ giant slalom were held and on March, 15, the men's giant slalom and the ladies' super-giant slalom were held.
Aleksandr Glebov was the most successful Russian athlete who won the silver medal in the men's super-giant slalom.
Marcus Waldner, FIS European Cup Coordinator, noted:
«I think this year the organization was perfect, living here in high quality hotels, international menu lists. This is like all over the world. You get all kind of food of high standart. Olympic village wh ere athletes are going to stay is very close to the races, so they will just jump out from the gondola close to the hill, that’s very important for the guys, because they don’t like to travel so much.
We are very satisfied. Conditions were very tough, raining for 3 days before, very high temperature, very challenging, so it was a real test. That was very challenging, but finally it turns out very well. I think we are on the right direction. Still some cosmetics to do, but the base is very good. We are happy. All these test events help to improve ski races for the games a year before. It is important to keep on going on this rhythm. And maybe find out some weak points to improve. You are on the right direction for sure».
Note for Editors
"Rosa Khutor" Alpine Center is a single venue for all skiing competitions. The total length of the Olympic track is 9 km. The Olympic competition tracks are located at altitudes from 960 to 2045 meters and have a common finish area. They were designed by the legendary Olympic downhill champion, Bernhard Russi. Rosa Khutor is a unique alpine resort located in the Krasnaya Polyana district. The name originates from the geographical name "Rosa Khutor", covering approximately 1,820 ha of Aibga Ridge slopes rising above the Mzymta River.