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Liberec preps for 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

Wed, Sep  24, 2008 - By FIS

The preparations for the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec are in full speed at this time. Final adjustments in the Cross-Country venue Vesec, which is situated at the border to Liberec, are almost done. This is good news not only for all teams planning to race in the World Championship, but also for all the inhabitants of the City of Liberec, because they can now use the area for regeneration, roller skiing or inline skating. "The venue was tested during the National Roller Skiing Championships with Lukas Bauer winning ahead of Dusan Kozisek," told Michael Lamplot, Sport Director of the Organizing Committee.

The FIS experts appreciate the location and demanding terrain for the courses. Two basic 3.75 km circuits have been built both of which can be shortened to 3.3 km and 2.5 km as necessary. "By combining these two circuits we get circuits of 5.0 km and 7.5 km. The third circuit is designed for the sprint competitions; its length is 1.2 km for women and 1.3 km for men," explained Lamplot the Cross-Country track concept.

Since the test events at Vesec last winter, several adaptations were made in the arena. Very important and good information for all the spectators is that the finish stretch has been prolonged, that it will be more thrilling to see the struggle for medals. The Vesec area is ready for more than fifteen thousands spectators at each race, with seats and standing tribunes. The OC believes that the atmosphere during the races will be great and motivating for all athletes.

Given the experiences in recent seasons, the snow production system has been further developed: "The OC is ready to start snow production when the temperatures drop below zero. All the Cross- Country staff is looking forward to cold days and the first possibility to begin with preparation of the snow reserves," describes Michael Lamplot.

At Liberec everything is ready for the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and the organizers are looking forward to welcoming the athletes and all winter sport fans. Come and enjoy the highlight of the 2009 Nordic Winter Sports season!   

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