28. 02 2009 14:30:00
American team, which was the favourite for today’s competition, is in trouble. Demong, who was supposed to help his team to reach the medal, couldn’t find his bib. It happened between trail round and the first competition round. That is why jury didn’t allow him to jump. This unbelievable story caused, that he was disqualified and the dream of medal is gone. Tragicomedy of the situation was underline by the fact, that Demong found his bib underneath his suit...
There will be changes in the starting order in the qualification race. Usually the red group starts at the beginning of the starting field, but in tomorrow´s race 20 competitors with the point amounts right after the seeded competitors will start first and in reversed order. The change was decided because of tomorrow´s weather condition. The temperature will be about zero and it could either rain or snow. The seeded group will not be slowing down by new snow on track.
The second CC ladies race in the World Championships programme will be probably more dramatic than previous Interval Start 10 km classic. We have to search the favourites in Finnish colours. Besides the new world champion Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, which will start with number one, has really good change to succeed in the Pursuit Virpi Kuitunen.
The World Champions from Liberec 2009 can help sportsmen with disability. Each of winners in all categories will be asked after the end of official press conference for a handprint on the clay tile. This tile will be put on the wall at Tipsport Arena as a benefit collection.
Polish competitor Justina Kowalczyk is the biggest favourite of today´s 10 km C race. The leader of the World Cup (671 p.) won both last 10 km C races in Valdidentro (ITA) and in Otepää (EST). The second in the World Cup standing Finnish Aino Kaisa Saarinen placed the second position two times in 10 km C race this year. In Valdidentro, Marianna Longa from Italy, who is now third on the World Cup standing, was on the second place. Norwegian Astrid Jacobsen won 7,6 km F Race which was held in Liberec last year.
There is a change in rules for cross-country skiers on long distances (ladies 30 km and men 50 km). The possibility to change skies after each circuit (7,5 km) is now permitted by FIS. This decision was made after two years test process in attempt to make race more effective and easier for skiers. The newly prepared skies tend to be faster.
The Opening Ceremony was held at Tipsport arena to start FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Introductory word was said by the mayor of Liberec Jiří Kittner and the president of the Organizing Committee Kateřina Neumannová.
The opening press conference of FIS Nordic World Ski Championships LIBEREC 2009 took place on Wednesday 18 February. President of the Organizing Committee Kateřina Neumannová warmly welcomed FIS president Gian Franco Kasper and also all journalists.
Yesterday´s evening and night was also devoted to the last preparations of the Grand Opening at Tipsport arena. The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. with laser show, which will be followed by official part of the program. The official part will be closed by singer Karel Gott, who will sing the Czech national anthem.