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We are all in tune with how the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to evolve globally with restrictions in varying countries dictating health and safety protocols, gathering, quarantine measures and travel. It has been our mandate to keep the safety and well-being of all our stakeholders including athletes, volunteers, partners and contractors, media and the ski racing community at the forefront of planning for the 2020 Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup. We’ve taken into consideration the limitations of hosting an international event during a pandemic and approached the challenges relying on the advice of our partners and Race Organizing Committee, and guidance from medical experts and authorities from varying levels of government and business both provincially and federally.
After several months of discussion, the 2020/21 North American alpine ski racing tour will be realigned at existing technical and speed race venues in Europe. This was a unified decision between the FIS, Winterstart Events Ltd. and our Race Organizing Committee, the Canadian Snowsports Association, U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the local organizing committees including Vail/Beaver Creek (CO) and Killington (VT) for the safety and well-being of all stakeholders. The collaborative effort in reaching this decision stems from the FIS objective to protect the health and welfare of all participants to the best extent possible. The realignment of the North American races caters to this goal by focusing on athlete safety, reducing travel and providing competitors with a detailed competition calendar. All parties jointly agreed to make this decision early to give ample time to adjust race calendars during this next month before the FIS Technical Committee Meetings in late September.
While we know this is disappointing, this unified decision came to be with health, safety and risk management at the core of our reasoning. Given the unpredictability of the pandemic we want to do our part in these uncertain times to ensure the athletes have the opportunity to achieve their personal best and to keep our community safe.
“Coming to the decision not to hold World Cup ski races in Lake Louise in 2020 was difficult, but we know it’s the right thing to do for the benefit of everyone involved. We have worked hard to exhaust all possibilities and this decision did not come easily. We do wish all of the World Cup athletes and European race organizing committees a safe and successful season and we look forward to hosting our events again in 2021 at the Lake Louise Ski Resort.” said Brian Lynam, Race Chairman.
The Race Organizing Committee and volunteers have put their expertise, time and enthusiasm into creating a new normal for ski racing at Lake Louise. Our partners, contractors and friends have offered tremendous spirit and flexibility. Our sincerest thanks to everyone.
The revised calendars with the latest adaptations will be approved following the FIS Technical Committee Meetings from Sep. 30 - Oct. 2 for ratification by the FIS Council on Oct. 3 and will be published on the FIS website at that time.
About the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup
The world’s fastest skiers descend on Alberta at the end of November each year to compete at the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup. Held in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada’s highest-profile alpine ski race features the first men’s and women's speed events of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season. First hosted in 1980, the Lake Louise World Cup is the first outside Europe to be named to the prestigious Club 5, an organization that brings together the most famous and historic World Cup alpine race organizing committees. The event has become synonymous with the start of the ski season each winter. It also represents the only opportunity male and female Canadian alpine skiers have to win a World Cup on home snow. For more information please visit lakelouiseworldcup.com.
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