Everything is Ready: Five Days Until Hochfilzen 2017
The 2017 IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen are just five days away; everything is ready for the biggest event in the biathlon calendar this season, according to the Organizing Committee.
"The Austrian Ski Federation and all their partners have put in a great effort, organizing a great IBU World Championships for everyone involved. The extensive preparations are finally coming to an end. The entire organizing team is looking forward to get this thing going,” according to the ASWM CEOs, Prof. Peter Schröcksnadel and Dr. Klaus Leistner.
Something for Everyone; 150,000 Fans Expected
Next Wednesday’s Opening Ceremonies at the Medals Plaza will kick off an eleven-day sports festival, with something for everyone. Entertainment includes internationally recognized artists like DJ Ötzi, Zabine, Hannah, Dance Industry, and Hubert Trenkwalder, a mix of traditional Tyrolean and modern culture. A Fan Mile in front of the Hochfilzen Kulturhaus will add to the atmosphere in the center of the snow-covered village. In the renovated stadium, there are 10,500 places in the grandstands, with room for another 11,500 spectators on the tracks. More than 150,000 fans are expected to attend the competitions over the course of the IBU World Championships.
The media interest is high, with 280 print journalists and photographers on hand. Every competition will be shown on live television, with the Host Broadcaster ORF using 49 cameras and over 170 employees to provide the best possible coverage.
Stadium, Tracks, and Stars
The stadium and tracks are awaiting the 326 athletes (171 men, 155 women) from 37 national federations, who will battle for the medals. Chief of Competition, Wolfgang Wörgötter commented, "The basic grooming has been completed. The course with 30 to 50 cm of snow throughout needs only a few finishing touches.”
All of the current stars of biathlon including the Yellow Bibs Martin Fourcade and Laura Dahlmeier, Czech star Gabriela Koukalová, the powerful German, Norwegian and Russian teams plus of course the home team Austria with Lisa Theresa Hauser and Hochfilzen native Dominik Landertinger are counting down the days and ready for the 2017 IBU World Championships.