Only few hours left before the parade starting on Monday at 6 p.m. from piazzale Edelhof to piazza Unità which will officially open the JWSC. The staff is working hard to prepare the ski jump at Planica, Slovenia, at 1200 m., which will host the jumping ski and Nordic combined competitions instead of the ski jumps Fratelli Nogara in Tarvisio, from the 12th to the 18th March.
Due to unreasonably warm weather and the resulting lack of snow, the Organizing Committe and FIS decided to transfer the Cross-Country races from ski arena "Gabriella Paruzzi" to Fusine, ten kilometers far away from Tarvisio, and the Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined races from "Fratelli Nogara" jumping hill in Tarvisio to Planica, Slovenia.
A 16-element team is finishing to transfer the necessary snow at the ski jump ramp and at the landing area. The parking areas for the teams and the mini-village for the athletes are ready.
The staff is working very hard also at Fusine in order to prepare the competition area for Monday, when some athletes will challenge to win the first medals starting from 10 a.m.
The track is almost ready and it is planned for a 1 km lap for the sprint, one of 5 km, one of 3.7 km and two 2.5 km laps where it is possible to practise every discipline. The FIS international representative, Giuseppe Brigadori, is cooperating with Tarvisio thanks to his experience at the World Cup in Val di Fiemme.
Lots of people are filling now the extraordinary landscape of Fusine, where the Ski World Cup Ladies finished last Sunday, and they have been able to organize the ski room, a big tend with 50 boxes of 20 square meters each which will host the teams, a gazebo to put the material, the container for the timekeepers.
The JWSC will attract in Tarvisio almost 700 athletes and most of them are already taking part in the World Cup competitions. After Rovaniemi in 2005 and Kranj in 2006, Tarvisio will host this great manifestation of high technical level which also represents an important occasion for the athletes to compete internationally, to meet other cultures and to try new tracks and structures.
Free entry for every competition: this will help to attract the public which is an important element for sport values and peace that have to belong to everyone, particularly to young people.