The Croatian capital Zagreb will host the FIS Ski World Cup event next week.
The world’s top male and female skiers will once again gather in Zagreb for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup “Snow Queen Trophy” 2018, which will take place on 3 and 4 January 2018.
Both Zagreb and Sljeme are in the final stages of preparation to be fully ready for yet another exceptional sporting event, as reported at today’s press conference.
The races will be preceded by the public draw of the start numbers. This year, for the first time ever, the draw will take place at the Ice Park skating rink in Zagreb’s Kralj Tomislav Square.
On 2 January, starting at 6:15 pm, 15 of the top female skiers will skate across the rink to get their start numbers, while 15 of the top male skiers will be doing the same on 3 January.
“This year, we wanted the world’s top male and female skiers to fit in the Advent mood as best we could, thus showing them yet another side of Zagreb. By combining the public draw and the Advent programme in the Kralj Tomislav Square, we can promote not just the races but also Zagreb as an exceptional winter tourism destination.
Furthermore, the legendary Ivica Kostelić will once again ski down Sljeme’s Crveni Spust course, only this time it will be as the public broadcaster HRT’s pre-race skier with the camera mounted on his helmet,” Vedran Pavlek, Director of the SQT races’ Organising Committee, revealed.
Every year, Sljeme races welcome 150 of the world’s top male and female slalom skiers and more than 400 crew members from around 25 countries on four different continents.
Moreover, the races are covered by the media from around the world, with around 500 Croatian and international reporters and photographers regularly accrediting for the races.
The ladies’ slalom race will take place on 3 January, with the first run starting at 1 PM and the second run at 4:30 pm. The men’s slalom will be held on Thursday, 4 January; the first run will start at 12:45 pm and the second run at 4:30 pm.
Two Croatian skiers will take part in the female event, Leona Popović and Ida Štimac, while the men’s race will be feature Croatians Matej Vidović, Elias Kolega, Istok Rodeš, Filip Zubčić Natko Zrnčić Dim and Samuel Kolega.
For information can be found here.