The news was confirmed at the end of the afternoon on Wednesday, the women’s Rosa Khutor/Sochi downhill, which was cancelled last Saturday after heavy snowfall, will take place on Friday 21 February in Crans-Montana. The new programme for the women’s World Cup races on the Haut-Plateau will therefore comprise of two downhills, on Friday 21 and Saturday 22, as well as an alpine combined (Super G/slalom) on Sunday 23.
“The International Ski Federation FIS and Swiss-Ski approached us and we accepted their request, because this downhill fitted perfectly into our programme”, explained Marius Robyr, president of the World Cup races organisation committee. “We also wanted to show that we are always ready if our candidature for the 2025 World Championships is considered.”
Although there is a charge for the grandstand seats for the weekend races (tickets are available online at :/en/spectators/tickets-2020-info-sell/), access is free to the general public for the downhill on Friday. Local schools will also be invited. It will be a great opportunity to encourage the Swiss skiers Corinne Suter, Wendy Holdener, Michelle Gisin, Joana Hählen and Lara Gut-Behrami who will be looking to perform brilliantly in front of a home crowd, against Italy’s Federica Brignone, Sofia Goggia and Marta Bassino, and the World Cup leader Mikaela Shiffrin, who should be returning for the competition.