30 Nov 2017
November 30, 2017

Who will be Competing at Whistler?

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Andreas Wank - GermanyANDREAS WANK: GERMANY

Andreas Wank is the most successful Olympic athlete to compete in the Callaghan Valley since the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010. With a silver in the team event on the large hill here in 2010 and a gold in Sochi he is undoubtedly a top competitor. Wank’s list of accolades extends to two FIS World Championship team silvers and two individual World Cup podiums.  See more here:  http://www.fis-ski.com/ski-jumping/athletes/athlete=wank-andreas-72592/index.html

Klemens MurankaKLEMENS MURANKA: Poland

With 8 Continental Cup wins over the last few seasons, Muranka is a serious contender to win this year at Whistler. Muranka has also found success at the elite level with 2 World Cup team podiums and team bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Sweden, as well as 3 World Juniors team medals, a gold and 2 silvers. See more here:  http://www.fis-ski.com/ski-jumping/news-multimedia/news/article=klemens-muranka-takes-two-wins-coc-opener.html

Tom Hilde NorwayTOM HILDE: Norway

With 3 individual World Cup wins and 15 individual podiums, Tom Hilde is a seriously decorated athlete. Hilde is one the few competitors competing at Whistler who also competed in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games where he won bronze in the team competition with Norway. Hilde has also won 4 World Championship silver medals and a bronze ski flying world championship medal, definitely putting him among the favourites at Whistler. See more here:  https://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/athlete-biography.html?competitorid=108891&sector=JP

Men’s & Ladies FIS Cups: December 7 & 8, 2017 Men’s FIS Continental Cup: December 9 & 10, 2017

For further information, please contact:
TOM REID
PRESIDENT, SKI JUMPING CANADA
TEL: 403-669-0630
EMAIL: tomreid@skijumpingcanada.com

 

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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.

©Photo Credit – Tom Reid


“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.

Ski Jumper

©Photo Credit – Tom 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.

©Photo Credit – Tom Reid

“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:
TOM REID
PRESIDENT, SKI JUMPING CANADA
TEL: 403-669-0630
EMAIL: tomreid@skijumpingcanada.com

Olympic Village Whistler

©Foto: Iwona Erskine-Kellie (found on Wikipedia)

Ski Jump Flyer

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