It’s quarantine regulations that mean FIS must move its North American competitions in November-December to Europe.
The women’s competitions are canceled in Killington (USA) and Lake Louise (Canada) and on the men’s side are Lake Louise, Vale and Beaver Creek (USA). The Resorts World Cup will be back for the 2021-2022 season, Fis announced on its website.
Everyone wanted to hold these competitions as training opportunities and competitions in the US and Canada were supposed to be greatly appreciated by the team. Ultimately, however, the unique situation with travel restrictions and quarantine rules led to these shared decisions, says Marcus Waldner, director of Fi’s Men’s side competition.
In September, a revised contest program will be introduced with alternate locations for the deleted North American competitions. This program will include an additional men’s weekend in Val d’Isere in December and another women’s ramp in St. Moritz in early December and the giant slalom and slalom in Courchevel later in December.
Lars Millen, director of the Alpine national team, thinks the message was expected given the situation.
It is a healthy decision as it sounds. It’s one thing to get there, but it won’t be sustainable for everyone to go into quarantine upon their return to Europe, SVT Sport told me.
What does this decision mean for the Swedish national team?
– It will be a bit quieter season when we can plan and build the road to Cortina (World Cup in the Alps) in a simpler way. “This is our big goal for the next season,” he says.
“I am disappointed”
For US superstar Michaela Schiffrin, the decision was expected, but a huge disappointment.
– I am disappointed. Killington is one of my favorite competitions, and probably my best competitor ever. It’s great to be able to ride in front of the American crowd, and to be able to compete on the East Coast. In a video on her Twitter account, actress Michaela Schiffrin says she is a huge disappointment.
– But I am sure this is the right decision. Given everything that’s going on, we must check what we can and make sure everyone is as safe as possible. So we can at least spend a season.
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