"..and the winner is...Val di Fiemme, Italy" were the words of FIS President Gian Franco Kasper in Cape Town (RSA) shortly before 7pm last Thursday. These words were followed by loud cheering from the Italian corner around the President of the Organizing Committee Pietro de Godenz and Secretary General Angelo Corradini. Nearly speechless but very happy and almost with tears in his eyes, Corradini commented afterwards in an interview: “We are really looking forward to the 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.”
In 2013, Val di Fiemme will host for the third time (after 1991 & 2003) the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and only 10 years after their last one. The valley in the Trentino region won the election against four competitors, Falun (SWE), Lahti (FIN), Oberstdorf (GER) and Zakopane (POL), in the third ballot.
Here are the detailed facts to the election:
1st ballot: Val di Fiemme (ITA) 6, Falun (SWE) 4, Zakopane (POL) 3, Lahti (FIN) 2, Oberstdorf (GER) 1
2nd ballot: Val di Fiemme (ITA) 7, Falun (SWE) 5, Zakopane (POL) 3, Lahti (FIN) 1
Last ballot: Val di Fiemme (ITA) 8, Falun (SWE) 5, Zakopane (POL) 2
Schladming (AUT) was elected as the host city of the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, the host of the 2012 FIS Ski Flying World Championships is Vikersund (NOR), the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Championships went to Stoneham (CAN) while the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Championships will be held in Voss (NOR).