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07 Jan 2005
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Turin2006: bobsleigh, skeleton and luge track completed

The challenge to construct the new track for the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge for the 2006 Winter Games in Turin has been won. The new facility in Cesana-San Sicario has been completed with its final covering of polished artificial ice. The job required the hard work of a team of 20 people, who took turns in two night shifts, from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m., to perfect the surface of the 1,435 metre track.

“Beautiful, technical and very fast”
The sport events scheduled in late January and the first week of February will give the final verdict on the validity of the venue, which Hans Sparver, the Ice Master, has described as “beautiful, technical and very fast”. The bob and skeleton World Cup trials will be run on the new track from 20 to 23 of January, and then on 5 and 6 of February the venue will host the luge World Cup.

The bobsleigh-luge-skeleton track will this weekend receive the approval of the International Federations. On the track will be athletes from the three disciplines, among whom are Armin Zoeggeler, Olympic luge medallist, and Fabrizio Tosini, Simone Bertazzo and Pierre Luders, competing in the bobsleigh. Owing to work still to be done, these events will not be open to the public, but only to those specially invited.

Inauguration of the ski jump
Other Olympic facilities are under the spotlight. Indeed, the inauguration of the K 120 ski jump, and two of the six rings of the cross-county skiing route in Pragelato-Plan are on the programme of the coming weekend, of 8 and 9 January. As for the ski jump, two World Cup Nordic combined “B” competitions are planned: on Saturday 8 is the individual Gundersen event, and on Sunday 9 the sprint (jump + 7.5km cross-country), which will bring together more than 75 athletes from 15 different countries.

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