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The Next World Cup Race: Above the Artic Circle

Thu, Nov  16, 2006 - By FIS

After a very successful World Cup kick-off in the German metropolis of Düsseldorf, the next Viessmann FIS World Cup Cross-Country event will take place in Scandinavia, Gällivare (SWE) this coming weekend 18th-1th November.


Dundret ski area

Gällivare - situated about 70km north of the Arctic Circle – will be hosting the Cross-Country World Cup for the third time. “Everything is ready in Gällivare. We received some 35 cm of snow in the night from Saturday to Sunday on top of the man-made snow already on our courses and the forecast calls for more snow for the rest of the week,” said Lars-Gunnar Pettersen, Chief of Competition in Gällivare. “After 1995 and 2004, when we stood in for Östersund, it is an honor for us to host the FIS World Cup again.”

In Gällivare, the competition schedule includes individual start distance races in the free technique on Saturday and relays on Sunday. At least 26 nations will be at start in the “Dundret” ski area, named after the largest mountain (823m) of Gällivare. The field includes 104 men and 87 ladies, among them such local heros as Lina Andersson, Olympic Champion in Team Sprint, Charlotte Kalla, 2005 Junior World Champion in Pursuit, and Marcus Hellner.