WITH WHISTLER CONTINENTAL CUP & FIS CUP COMPETITIONS
NOVEMBER 1, 2017 – CALGARY, AB Canada will once again become the focus of the international ski jumping community when three major competitions will be held early December at Whistler Olympic Park.
From December 7-10, 2017, Whistler will host a Men’s Continental Cup as well as a Men’s FIS Cup and a Women’s FIS Cup.
“This will be the biggest international ski jumping competition in Canada since the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver,” says Tom Reid, president of Ski Jumping Canada. “We expect up to 15 nations to participate, bringing nearly 100 of the best young male and female ski jumpers in the world. It’s going to be tremendously exciting.” </P
Canadian participation in the events will be a factor in securing quota spots for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeonchang, Korea. “As we head into the home stretch towards Korea, it’s vital that we give our athletes every opportunity to qualify for the Games,” says Reid.
“Athletes require FIS Cup points before they can compete at the Continental Cup level. In order to qualify for the World Cup circuit, athletes must have at least one Continental Cup point,” adds Reid. “Because our Canadian athletes train so often in Whistler, they’re very familiar with the hill. This could give them the edge they need to jump well and obtain those extremely valuable points.”
The Continental Cup and FIS Cup events will utilize the legacy facilities from the 2010 Vancouver games, including the ski jumps at Whistler Olympic Park and the athletes’ village. The competitions are being partially funded by a Sport Canada hosting grant.
“This is all part of a long-term effort to return World Cup competition to Canada,” adds Reid. “Our next goal is to host a Women’s World Cup at Whistler within the next year or two. Ensuring these events run smoothly will help put Canada back on the map with FIS and serve to leverage a growing interest in ski jumping in BC and Alberta. We’ve got some terrific young talent in Canada, but we can only benefit from more kids becoming involved.”
Men’s & Ladies FIS Cups: December 7 & 8, 2017 Men’s FIS Continental Cup: December 9 & 10, 2017
For further information, please contact:
PRESIDENT, SKI JUMPING CANADA
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