Seefeld 2019: Exciting facts about the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
From February 19 to March 03, 2019, the 52nd FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will take place in Seefeld. The attention of the entire Nordic world will be on Seefeld when the best athletes compete for the medals. You think you already know everything about the World Championships? Test your knowledge, because we have extraordinary facts that you surely didn't know yet!
60 Nations - From Bermuda to Lebanon
The best athletes from 60 nations will be in Seefeld for the World Cup 2019 and fight for the titles of world champion and world champion. If you think that Nordic sports only exist in countries like Austria, Scandinavia, theUSA and Co. you are quite wrong! At the World Championships in Seefeld 2019, athletes from countries such as Madagascar, Thailand, Bermuda and Lebanon will also fight for the medals. Athletes will also travel from Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico.
22 competitions and 129 medals
The world's elite will compete in 22 events in the three disciplines of cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined. A total of 129 medals will be awarded at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2019.
Speaking of medals, the medal that the lucky world champions get to wear around their necks weighs exactly 137 grams. The medal design is based on a snowflake and the ribbon is in the colors of the five continents. The event name, venue and year are engraved on the back. The medal was designed by the famous Swiss artist Rolf Diggelmann. A proud 67 years, since 1952, the medal will already be in use at the 2019 FIS World Championships. So the facts surrounding the medal have been clarified - the only big question left is which athletes will be able to take it home with them in 2019!
That's how many spectators are expected on site in Seefeld and Innsbruck during the World Championships to cheer on the athletes on the courses and from the numerous spectator stands.
Of course, you can also join in the excitement in front of the TV: Approximately 900 hours of live broadcasting will be available during the World Cup. This means that 200 million people around the world are expected to follow the action.
This is the Bergisel hill record and thus the longest distance ever jumped on the ski jump in Innsbruck. One can be curious whether this record will be broken during the World Championships 2019! By the way: The length of the ski jump depends on the body mass index of the athlete. The heavier an athlete, the longer the skis.
A distance runner will run (without qualifying runs) a total of 90 km. For comparison, this is exactly the length of the Wasalauf in Sweden, the most popular cross-country skiing race. That means they burn about 5,500 kilocalories. Or in other words: 30 Kaspressknödel or 9 portions of Kaiserschmarrn. Meal!
The steel structures of the spectator stands for the World Cup weigh 650 tons. The grandstands will seat a total of 10,032 spectators. The construction of the grandstands will take a total of 8 weeks. The media grandstand - a construction over 3 floors including various commentator booths -, the video walls with oversized screens and the creek superstructure for the VIP grandstand represent a particular challenge.
1 200 liters of soup, 800 kg of noodles
To ensure that the athletes, trainers and service staff do not run out of energy during the World Championships, they will have plenty of food at their disposal: 6,000 muesli bars, 1,200 liters of soup, 800 kg of noodles, 200 kg of rice and 800 kg of vegetables will be available during the 12 days of the World Championships. Proteins will not be neglected either: a total of 960 kg of meat (most of it chicken, beef and pork) will be served. 5,000 apples and bananas will provide the necessary vitamins.
A major event such as the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Seefeld 2019 can of course not take place without the help of numerous volunteers. A total of 600 volunteers - 60 of them at the Bergisel in Innsbruck - will be actively involved during the World Championships. They will have 30 exciting areas to choose from, for example in the race office, TV coordination, media and press, logistics and set-up, doping control and many more!