Quebec City to Host 2017 World Cup Finals
January 16, 2017
Cross Country Canada —World’s best cross-country skiers to do battle on Plains of Abraham, March 17-19—
CANMORE, Alta.—The world’s best cross-country skiers are coming back to do battle on Canada’s Plains of Abraham this spring.
Cross Country Ski de Fond Canada accepted an invitation by the International Ski Federation (FIS) to host the 2017 World Cup Finals on the historic landmark in Quebec City, March 17-19.
“We are obviously thrilled to bring elite cross-country skiing back to Canada,” said Shane Pearsall, chief executive officer, Cross Country Ski De Fond Canada. “Hosting major international events at home brings tremendous benefits to our athletes, the Nordic community and the economy of the host community. CCC prides itself on staging world-leading events with our partners, and we look forward to working with GESTEV to stage a safe and fair World Cup Finals for all nations involved.”
Originally slated for Tyumen, Russia, Cross Country Ski De Fond Canada expressed its interest in December to further explore hosting the event with our sport and government partners, along with the organization’s Quebec-based event-management partner, GESTEV.
“We’re excited to announce this great news for Canadian athletes and the people of Quebec City. It’s all taking place thanks to teamwork and dialogue between numerous stakeholders,” said Patrice Drouin, President of Gestev. “An event like this reiterates our support for cross-country skiing and these remarkable athletes as well as strengthening existing ties between the FIS, the City of Quebec, the National Battlefields Commission and many more public and private event partners.”
One does not have to look back farther than the prestigious Ski Tour Canada last spring to understand the successful track record Canada has in hosting world-leading Nordic events – thanks in large part to CCC’s partners – the Winter Events Corporation and GESTEV in Quebec, the Alberta World Cup Society in Canmore and recently, Événements Nordiques Gatineau in Gatineau, Que.
“Hosting international events remains very much a part of Cross Country Ski De Fond Canada’s long-term strategic plan, and we look forward to having the World Cup back on Canada’s Nordic playgrounds,” added Pearsall. “Events at home play a critical role in our ability to promote the sport in all corners of the country, while providing home snow advantage for our elite athletes and additional World Cup starts for a next generation of Olympic heroes.”
With double the points up for grabs, hosting the World Cup Finals will bring huge advantage for hometown boy, Alex Harvey, and his Canadian teammates’ quest to charge up the overall standings.
“You always have a small advantage when racing at home so it is really exciting that we will be coming back to Quebec City for the Finals,” said Harvey, who sits fourth in the overall standings with a gold and bronze under his belt in 2017.
“Last year was a magical experience for everyone on the team, and for me personally, racing in my hometown and getting on the podium. It is exciting to have this opportunity to go back there and ski in front of my friends and family, but even more importantly to be able to race in front of the kids in Canada.”
The three-day event will include one sprint and two distance races. Exact formats and starting times will be released in the near future.
A media conference is being planned in Quebec City for later this week.
CCC is the governing body of cross-country skiing in Canada, which is the nation’s optimal winter sport and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating annually. Its 60,000 members include athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all ages and abilities, including those on Canada’s National Ski Teams and Para-Nordic Ski Teams. With the support of its valued corporate partners – Haywood Securities Inc., AltaGas, Mackenzie Investments, Swix and Lanctôt Sports– along with the Government of Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Paralympic Committee, Own the Podium and B2Ten, CCC develops Olympic, Paralympic and world champions. For more information on CCC, please visit us at www.cccski.com.
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