Thursday, January 13, 2011

FIL Würz Energy World Cup on Natural Track - Gsies, ITA

FIL Würz Energy World Cup on Natural Track


Press Release

Thursday, January 13th, 2011


14th - 16th January 2011

Gsies/Val Casies (ITA)




Würz Energy World Cup returns to Europe



After the season opening in Novouralsk in Asia, the Würz Energy World Cup is back in central Europe now. The first stop in Gsies/Casies in the northern part of Italy will be a world cup premiere. The region is well known for its cross country skiing tradition and its winter sport resorts. But Gsies/Casies has also a history in luge: the World Championships 1990 and 1994 have been held there on the attractive and more than 1000 meter long track.

None of today's top athletes were serious medal contenders back then and could benefit from earlier experiences. But this weekend in Gsies/Casies the usual winners could already establish a significant lead in the World Cup, should they manage to dominate the field again. After the two races in Russia the margins are narrow but with another win Patrick Pigneter (ITA) as well as Ekatharina Lavtentjeva (RUS) could precipitate an early decision in the overall ranking, especially as in this season for the first time all six results will be taken into account.

In the doubles event Patrick Pigneter/Florian Clara (ITA) and Pavel Porshnev/Ivan Lazarev (RUS) are tied after two races. The fight between Italy and Russia will go into its next lap.



Program in Gsies/Casies:


Friday, 14.01.2011


starting at 1.00pm: training runs

5.00pm: Opening Ceremony


Saturday, 15.01.2011


9:00am: 1st competition run doubles

10.15am: 2nd competition run doubles

afterwards flower ceremony

starting at 11.00am: remaining training runs


Sunday, 16.01.2011


9.30am: 1st competition run women and men

11.30am: 2nd competition run women

flower ceremony women


12.00pm: 2nd competition run men

flower ceremony


2.00pm: Medal Ceremonies



Track Info:


Length: 1290m

Start elevation: 1680m

Finish elevation: 1535m

Difference in altitude: 145m

Maximum descent: 28,5%

Minimum descent: 9,3%

Average descent: 11,2%




Chris Karl

FIL Media Service

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