Sochi 2014 ski and snowboard cross course revealed
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has unveiled the designs for the ski and snowboard cross course that will be used during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The 1,250-metre long course, which is located in the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, will feature eight turn sections, punctuated by a series of jumps and roller sections, with a vertical drop of 210m. Both skiers and snowboarders will share the same start and finish areas, with around 80 per cent of the cross course sections to be shared as well. There will be one area where the course will split into separate ski and snowboard sections to specifically target each discipline's skills.
The course, which was designed and refined over the last four years, successfully hosted the FIS Freestyle World Cup in February 2013, followed by the FIS Snowboard World Cup in March, and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the athletes who competed.
To ensure an exciting challenge for both skiers and snowboarders, the course was created in cooperation between experts from both disciplines, with FIS Technical Advisors David Ny and Nicolas Vaudroz working with FIS cross specialist and Olympian Martin Fiala to create an exceptionally dynamic Olympic cross venue.
“The Olympic programme always provides some extra special characteristics from our World Cups and World Championships courses,” said Fiala, who competed for Germany in ski cross at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. “The cross course in Rosa Khutor challenges all skills from both snowboarding and skiing. I would like to thank all involved from the Rosa Khutor ski area, National Ski Association(s), from the Organising Committee and also to the course designers and the course builders for their hard pre-work on the road to the competitions and wish all the teams and athletes a safe, successful and exciting Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 for what could become a true highlight of the programme.”
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games begin on 7 February 2014, with the snowboard cross events due to start on 16 February and the ski cross events beginning on 20 February.