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2008 World Cup Calendar Announced

Fri, Jun  1, 2007 - By FIS

Under the leadership of Chairman Vegard Ulvang (NOR), the FIS Cross-Country Committee spent time on finalizing the calendar (below) for the upcoming season and reviewing rules for both the World Cup as well as the FIS Tour de Ski. As part of next season’s schedule, it decided to introduce a three-day competition series as an end of the season highlight, the so-called ‘FIS World Cup Final’.

The Final will start with a prologue in the classical style, continue with another distance race and culminate in a handicap start over 10km / 15 km in the free technique. Overall World Cup points will be awarded only after the last competition with the factor of two which means that the winner will get 200 points for the competition weekend. The total prize money (both genders) for the Finals weekend will be CHF 240’000.

The Committee also appointed Karl-Heinz Lickert (GER) as its Vice Chairman. Moreover, it decided to continue the trials for changing skis in the middle of the race, this time in a mass start event as well. Finally, to reduce accidents, it was decided that the athlete support staff must stand in their place in the feeding zone rather than running along with the athletes.

Date Day Site Nation Ladies Men Remarks
Period I
Oct 27 Sat Düsseldorf GER Sprint F Sprint F Opening
Oct 28 Sun Düsseldorf GER Team Sprint F Team Sprint F  
Nov 24 Sat Beitostölen NOR 10 km F 15 km F  
Nov 25 Sun Beitostölen NOR 4x5 km 4x10 km  
Dec 01 Sat Kuusamo FIN Sprint C Sprint C Nordic Opening
Dec 02 Sun Kuusamo FIN 10 km C 15 km C  
Dec 08 Sat Davos SUI 10 km C 15 km C  
Dec 09 Sun Davos SUI 4 x 5 km 4 x 10 km  
Dec 15 Sat Ramsau AUT Sprint F Sprint F  
Dec 16 Sun Ramsau AUT 15 km F 30 km F Mass start Nation Boxes
Period II
Tour de Ski
Dec 28 Fri Nove Mesto CZE 3 km C 4.5 km C Prologue
Dec 29 Sat Nove Mesto CZE 10 km F 15 km F Handicap start (HSt)
Dec 30 Sun Prague CZE Sprint F Sprint F  
Jan 01 Tue Oberstdorf GER Pursuit 5+5 Pursuit 10+10  
Jan 02 Wed Oberstdorf GER 10 km C 15 km C  
Jan 04 Fri Asiago ITA Sprint F Sprint F  
Jan 05 Sat Val di Fiemme ITA 10 km C 20 km C Mass start
Jan 06 Sun Val di Fiemme ITA 10 km F 15 km F Final Climb – HSt
Jan 22 Tue Canmore CAN Pursuit Pursuit  
Jan 23 Wed Canmore CAN Sprint C Sprint C  
Jan 25 Fri Canmore CAN Sprint F Sprint F  
Jan 26 Sat Canmore CAN 10 km F 15 km F  
Period III
Feb 09 Sat Otepää EST 10 km C 15 km C  
Feb 10 Sun Otepää EST Sprint C Sprint C  
Feb 16 Sat Liberec CZE Pursuit Pursuit  
Feb 17 Sun Liberec CZE Team Sprint C Team Sprint C  
Feb 23 Sat Falun SWE Pursuit Pursuit  
Feb 24 Sun Falun SWE 4 x 5 km 4 x 10 km  
Feb 27 Wed Stockholm SWE Sprint C Sprint C  
Period IV
Mar 01 Sat Lahti FIN Sprint F Sprint F  
Mar 02 Sun Lahti FIN 10 km C 15 km C  
Mar 05 Wed Drammen NOR Sprint C Sprint C  
Mar 08 Sat Oslo NOR 30 km F 50 km F Nation Boxes
World Cup Final
Mar 14 Fri   ITA Prologue/Sprint Prologue/Sprint  
Mar 15 Sat Bormio ITA TBC TBC  
Mar 16 Sun Bormio ITA 10 km 15 km Handicap Start