19-20 January 2019
Olympia delle Tofane - Cortina d'Ampezzo

Nadia Fanchini and "her" Olympia

The International Ski Federation has given the green light for the competition on 19 and 20 January. Everything you need to know about the World Cup slope


Date: 08/01/2019 from 1100
Place: Cortina d'Ampezzo

(by Max Vergani)

Nadia Fanchini reveals what Olympia means to her, as she prepares to tackle it for the eleventh time in her career. The course has been given something of a makeover, especially in the final section, and has just received the ok from the International Ski Federation for the races scheduled for 19 and 20 January 2019.

"I’ve always loved the course in Cortina - says Nadia - I just hope the snow is nice and hard this year because it makes everything so much more interesting. It’s a highly technical course where you need to perform well on the turns, but also a course that rewards athletes who let their skis run fast: it has a bit of everything, there aren’t many like it on the circuit".

Nadia says "If you make a mistake in the technical section, it doesn’t really matter, not like an error in the Rumerlo area, for instance, where the faster, more fluid skiers can really widen their margin".

This year, however, the final stretch is different. There is a new finish line and end section: skiers will no longer take a righthand turn into the final flat part but will come directly down after Rumerlo. It is an important change for the athletes, but also for the public who will get a chance to enjoy the final 15-20 seconds of the race. "I think it’s a great idea" - says Nadia, who is still chasing her first podium win on Olympia.

In the meantime, the finishing touches are being made to the course which has undergone extensive work. The central section has been widened by about 15 metres (from below Duca d'Aosta to Scarpadon) so the gates can be placed at more of an angle if necessary and tourists can enjoy it once the competition is over; changes have also been made to the course at Rumerlo and the finish line; and the snowmaking system in the central section has been completely overhauled (work on the system will be completed next year in the top section of the Olympia course and higher up, right up to the start of the Vertigine run,  the men’s downhill race course in the 2021 World Championships). Now all that is left to do is finish preparing the artificial snow in the bottom part of the run.

"We just need two nights of artificial snow to finish everything - says Alberto Ghezze, sports director of Fondazione Cortina 2021.- In actual fact, our teams were ready to start work on 23 December but the temperatures began to rise and the wind started up and that meant we had to delay everything. In the end we started on Epiphany, but we only need a couple of cold nights to produce the snow required to make the slope race-ready".

A brand-new Audi Cortina Lounge holding 600 people will be located in the finish area, the tribunes will be widened and the flat area where the spectators stand will be extended. A Sub Media Center will also be set up for the press close to the new finish line. The course has undergone a real transformation and is almost ready to welcome skiers from over fifty countries and more than one hundred international journalists.

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