World’s top ski racers scheduled to return to Canada next week
CALGARY, AB Bombardier presents Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup event organizers received approval from the International Ski Federation (FIS) following an inspection of snow conditions yesterday.
FIS (Men’s) Race Director Helmut Schmalzl, Men's weekend Chief of Race Darrell MacLachlan and others participated in the inspection, known as "snow control."
“The approval from FIS today is a credit to the incredible effort of volunteers as well as the cooperation from our partners, including the Lake Louise Ski Area and all the other supporters of the event,” said ROC Race Chairman John Cassels. "There is a lot of work to be done between now and the first training run on Wednesday and the Winterstart volunteers are out there right now getting it done."
The Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart begins November 27th with a men's downhill followed by a super-G on the 28th. The ladies races take place the next weekend with downhill races on December 3rd and 4th and a super-G on the 5th.
Canadians have a rich history of success at the Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart, with nine podium results in men’s and ladies races since 2006.
Manuel Osborne-Paradis (Vancouver, BC) (2009 - SG), Jan Hudec - Calgary, AB (2007 – DH) and John Kucera (Calgary, AB) (2006 – SG) have all won World Cup races in Lake Louise.
“The guys have had a solid week of preparation and the last few days of cold weather at (ACA national training centre) Nakiska is going to help us a lot,” said Canadian Men’s Team Head Coach Paul Kristofic. “It’s great to hear that snow control is approved and the organizers in Lake Louise can continue to preparing for the excellent show they put on each year.”
The 2010 Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart is a free event for fans to attend that includes a public festival area.
ACA partner Panasonic will also be shooting some of the training runs in 3D, later providing supporters in Lake Louise on the women’s race weekend with an opportunity to view television in 3D. Bombardier presents Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup commercial partners include the Government of Canada through Sport Canada, the Province of Alberta, specifically through Travel Alberta, and several other organizations who provide the event financial support.
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