The new season of the World Cup will begin later this year! The Austrian Ski Association (OSV) has announced that it will host an additional competition. The event will take place on December 18 in Ramsau (HS98).
Previously, the World Cup competitions planned in January in Japan were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the event in Lillehammer, which was to be the inauguration of the season, was postponed to an undefined date. It looked like the athletes will start the winter on January 23 in Ljubno.
The Austrian Ski Association came to the rescue. In the Monday’s OSV announcement, we read that due to problems with the organization of competitions in other countries, it was decided to extend the weekend with the Nordic Combined World Cup for men in Ramsau (18-20 December) with two additional competitions – the women’s World Cup in nordic combined and ski jumping.
“Due to the sport, the Austrian Ski Association decided to organize two additional women’s skiing competitions. We are aware of our responsibility towards our athletes and we want to contribute to this difficult period for them to ensure a successful World Cup season for them. This decision is also an important signal for our generation. I would like to thank Styria, the Ramsau region, WSV Ramsau, our public broadcaster ORF, and all loyal and reliable OSV partners for their support. Without them, the organization of additional competitions in such a short time wouldn’t be possible”, says professor Peter Schroecksnadel, president of OSV.
“This decision means that Sportland Styria will host the FIS World Cup in three disciplines within a few days. I am very happy that together we managed to add the Women’s World Cup in nordic combined and ski jumping to the program. This is an important sign and also a motivation for young athletes. I want to thank everyone who has worked hard for Styria to reaffirm its status as the perfect host for major international sporting events with this ski event in Ramsau. And not only because of the particularly short preparation time, but also because of the difficult conditions caused by the pandemic”, adds Christopher Drexler, Styria’s sports councilor.
The inaugural Ladies’ World Cup competition in Ramsau (HS98) will be held on Friday, December 18 at 15:40 (CET).