Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup

Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup

November 27, 2013 12:29 ET

Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup Welcomes Athletes to a Challenging Course on the Road to Sochi

LAKE LOUISE, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 27, 2013) - Ski racers from around the world have begun their training in Lake Louise, Alberta in preparation for the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup. As the only World Cup outside of Europe to join the ranks of the famous Club 5 Ski Classics, Lake Louise offers early season snow as well as world-renowned race course directors that provide unmatched course quality.

This race event is one of the select few that hold both the men's and ladies speed events on the World Cup circuit and will play host to the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill and super-G races of the season. This is the only event of its kind in Canada with skiers reaching speeds in excess of 130km/hr and is broadcast to a global audience of more than 184 million. The races begin Nov. 30 with a men's downhill followed by a super-G on Dec 1. The ladies races take place the next weekend with downhill races on Dec. 6 and 7 and a super-G on Dec. 8.

The Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup brings the best speed skiers in the world to Alberta. This year almost 100 male racers and 80 female racers - from 20 men's teams and 18 ladies teams are expected to compete for downhill and super-G titles. It's an opportunity for the public to witness an exciting preview of what can be expected at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games in February 2014.

Canadian Cowboys, Jan Hudec, Manuel Osbourne-Paradis and John Kucera, look to add to their Lake Louise podiums. Marie-Michelle Gagnon started the season with incredible results in Levi, Finland and hopes to secure a medal in her home country of Canada. Team USA Olympic SportsMan of the Year, Ted Ligity, shows signs of continuing to add to his impressive medal collection and teammates Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn work to overcome their injuries and secure valuable points leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Gunter Hujara, Race Director for FIS inspected the course earlier this week. "It's an excellent prepared race course," said, Gunter. "Depending on the conditions, weather and snow availability we can see the course being in great shape with lots of terrain built in. It's quite a challenging course for Lake Louise and it's just right for the first downhill of the year. Today during coaches' inspection of the race course, all the comments of the coaches were very positive."

Bruce Hamstead, Executive Director, FIS & Club 5 relations for Winterstart Events Ltd., said the exceptional course was built with the help of close to 400 volunteers that execute the World Cup race annually. "After weeks of preparation with the help of the hard working volunteers working daily, the race course at Lake Louise is now ready for the first alpine speed events of the year," Bruce said. "These races are extremely important as athletes try to qualify for their nation's teams and represent their country in Sochi."

Spectators can participate in the Winterstart Festival at the Lake Louise Ski Resort beginning each race day at 10 am. There will be marshmallow roasting, a winter obstacle course, cowbells and tattoos for the kids. Treaty 7 will be there with an authentic tepee, including dancers, drummers and elders making bannock.

When the races are on, the athletes will pass by the Kid Zone giving the kids an opportunity to get autographs from their favourite athlete. It's free to watch, and the Lake Louise Ski Resort is offering two complimentary lift tickets for kids under 12 with the purchase of an adult lift ticket.

CBC Sports will be broadcasting the men's downhill on Nov. 30 at 12 pm MT on CBC as well as live-streaming the action online at cbcsports.ca. The men's super-G on Dec. 1 will be featured on cbcsports.ca at 10:55 am MT and on CBC East, Ontario and West at 2 pm local time. To view a detailed TV schedule, go to cbc.ca/sports-content/skiing/broadcast/.

You can follow all the action on Twitter by using the Hashtag #LLSkiWC and follow the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup on Facebook facebook.com/LakeLouiseWinterstartWC and Twitter @AlpineSkiWC.

For more information or special access, please visit lakelouisealpineskiworldcup.com.

About Winterstart Events Ltd.:

Winterstart Events Ltd. Is a not-for-profit organization responsible for the Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup in Lake Louise, AB. It is supported by a board of directors committed to developing and promoting alpine ski racing in Canada. More than 400 volunteers contribute over 40,000 man-hours to stage the Audi FIS Ski World Cup men's and ladies speed events.

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