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Schladming 2013 debrief
18 April 2013 года
Schladming 2013 debrief
After Schladming 2013 is before Vail-Beaver Creek 2015. With less than two years to go, the traditional debrief by the Schladming 2013 Organisers for the benefit of the upcoming Organisers in Vail-Beaver Creek and St. Moritz 2017 (SUI) has taken place in Vail (USA), on 10th and 11th April.

The Austrian group was led by the Secretary General of the Austrian Ski Association Klaus Leistner. Representatives from FIS with rights holders the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and its marketing agency Tridem Sports also participated, as well as the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

In a candid exchange, the Schladming 2013 team highlighted the many excellent areas of management, including local and regional transportation, as well as the event’s commercial success. In an open discussion, it put forward the challenges of dealing with more than 300’000 spectators in terms of stadium capacity.

The outstanding TV coverage produced by the host broadcaster ORF in cooperation with the European Broadcasting Union was also presented, which provided in excess of 50 hours of live coverage with cameras of newest technology, and thus set a benchmark in the history of FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

The Schladming 2013 debrief was followed by the spring meeting of the Coordination Group for Vail-Beaver Creek 2015. Since the previous session held in October 2012, the Vail-Beaver Creek 2015 team reported on the milestones achieved, including the newly constructed ladies’ downhill course and preparations for TV host broadcast operation that will transmit the event to an estimated 750 million people worldwide. Following the excellent example of Schladming 2013, Michael Koegler of Schladming 2013 host broadcaster ORF has been appointed production lead for Vail-Beaver Creek 2015.

One week before the Coordination Group meeting, from 2nd April – 5th April, a quartet of the U.S. Ski Team’s speed group, including Mikaela Shiffrin, Leanne Smith, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook descended on the new ladies’ downhill course for the initial on-snow section test.

“This test was an extremely important next step for getting the new course race ready,” explained Ceil Folz, President of the Vail Valley Foundation and the 2015 World Championships Organising Committee. “Now Atle Skardaal and Jan Tischhauser of FIS have a frame of reference of the course in action, Michael Koegler can begin planning his camera placements and allocations and the athletes have an idea of the terrain and the flow of the hill.”

Secretary General Sarah Lewis thanked on behalf of FIS “The Schladming 2013 gave an outstanding report to the Organisers of the next Championships and shared many “inside details”. Vail Beaver Creek 2015 took advantage of their presence by involving key persons from all different areas of the organisation”.


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