Audi FIS Ski World Cup Stockholm 2018 – Hammarbybacken, 30 January 2018

The 2018 edition of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup City Event at Hammarbybacken in Stockholm marks the third time that the world’s best ski racers compete in the middle of the Swedish capital.

The inaugural event was held on 23 February 2016 while the second edition went down on 31 January 2017. Both were sold-out several days in advance.

In 2019, the World Cup Stockholm is scheduled to take place on 19 February, just two days after the conclusion of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 in Åre on 17 February.

SCHEDULE

The event will begin on Tuesday, 30 January with athlete presentation at 17.15 CET.

Doors at the Arena at Hammarbybacken will open at 15.00 CET.

HAMMARBYBACKEN

The ski hill at Hammarbybacken in Hammarby, Stockholm, is owned by the City of Stockholm and managed by the Swedish ski resort operator SkiStar AB.

Hammarbybacken is a popular recreational site all year round with a long history in ski sports. A ski jumping hill was built there initially in 1919. First owned by the local sport club Djurgårdens IF, it was taken over by the city in 1955. The first ski lift at Hammarbybacken opened in the 1960’s. SkiStar has held the responsibility for operating the area since 2006.

For a more comprehensive historical overview of history of Hammarbybacken please click here: Hammarbybacken – a storied history

ORGANIZERS

The World Cup Stockholm is organized by Åre 2019 AB, the entity in charge of planning, preparing and staging the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 in Åre. Åre 2019 AB is owned in equal parts by the Swedish Ski Federation (SSF) and SkiStar AB.

The vision of the 2019 World Championships is to ”Inspire the World to Ski,” with the Hammarbybacken City Event playing a key role in helping to realize that vision. Åre 2019 AB will also organize the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals 2018 in Åre from 14-18 March 2018.

More than 160 volunteers will be working to make the Hammarbybacken event possible. Most belong to the regional Stockholm Ski Federation or its member ski clubs. The team also includes several Åre 2019 AB staff and other professionals with experience from the more than 100 FIS World Cup events held in Åre by now.

ATHLETES

A total of 32 athletes, 16 ladies and 16 men, representing 12 nations will be competing in the Hammarbybacken City Event. The top twelve female and the top twelve male slalom racers in the so-called World Cup Start List (WCSL) for slalom, which is an ongoing ranking over the previous 365 days, are automatically qualified to compete, as are the top four ladies and the top four men in the latest overall WCSL rankings.

The confirmed list of participating athletes will be available in the afternoon on Sunday, 28 January 2018 following the final Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom staged earlier that day.

Most athletes and teams will arrive in Stockholm on Monday 29 January and will be accommodated close to the slope in Hammarby Sjöstad. The team captains’ meeting will take place at 18.00 CET on 29 January at Hotel Park Inn Hammarbybacken.

PRIZE MONEY

A total prize money purse of 240’000 Swiss Francs will be available, with the winning athlete earning CHF 55’000, the second placed CHF 35’000, the third ranked CHF 20’000 and the fourth-place finisher CHF 10’000.

THE RACE

The Stockholm City Event is the second parallel slalom in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup 2017/2018 schedule this season after a similar event was held in Oslo, Norway on 1 January 2018.

The competition consists of head-to-head duels on two parallel courses that are 180 meters long with a vertical drop of 60 metres. In the first round, each athlete competes once on each course, one red and one blue. Each course features 18 gates, a jump and a roller. If an athlete misses a gate in the first run, makes another similar mistake or fails to finish, a penalty of half a second is added to their time. They will then start with the accrued time penalty to the second run where the athlete with the fastest total time advances.

The best eight athletes of each gender proceed to the quarter-finals from which the top four will qualify for the semi-finals. The winners of the semi-finals will proceed to the big final while the losers will compete for the 3rd place in the small final.

PROGRAM

15.00 – Arena opens

15.15 –  Course inspection

17.15 – Athlete presentation

17.45 – Competition starts

19.45 – Award Ceremony

20.00 – Arena closes

For more information, visit www.worldcupstockholm.com

Welcome to Hammarbybacken and Stockholm!