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The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2019 have come to an end with the mass start men 50 k. The organizers can look back on a 12-days long peaceful sports festival with more than 200,000 spectators.
Altogether, 22 medal competitions took place in the Olympic region Seefeld and at the Bergisel hill in Innsbruck. Twelve nations were able to win medals, Norway the clear dominator with 25 medals (thereof 13 times gold). Germany can also look back on impressive results (6 times gold, 3 times silver). The host country Austria was also very successful and was very proud to have won a total of nine medals. It was the first time in sports history that medals were awarded for the Ladies team jump.
“We have experienced great World Championships with many exciting competitions. We can be very happy with the successful execution of 22 medal decisions from an organizer’s standpoint. We will always remember the peaceful and friendly atmosphere in the Championship arena as well as great weather, beautiful pictures on TV and cheering spectators. It was the best publicity for winter sports, despite a negative incident during the Nordic World Ski World Championships. I would like to thank all volunteers and voluntary helpers who contributed decisively to the success of these Championships, true to our motto ‘hand in hand – let’s celebrate a Nordic Ski Festival’” said Peter Schröcksnadel (CEO Seefeld 2019) before the closing ceremony in the cross-country stadium.
During the ceremony, the FIS flag was handed over to the organizers from Oberstdorf (GER) where the next FIS Nordic World Ski Championships will take place.
In total 204,400 fans were cheering at these World Championships 2019. Saturday (2.3.) being the strongest day when more than 15.000 fans watched the competitions in cross-country and the Nordic Combined. In addition, 11,200 fans were cheering at the Toni-Seelos jumping hill during the mixed team jumping competition.
The mayor of Seefeld, Werner Frießer, stated: “Here in Seefeld, we celebrated a wonderful sports festival and lots of enthusiasm for the Nordic ski sport.” Everything went exactly as we planned: the execution of all events, the collective interest of the cheering crowd up to the sustainable mobility concept. The beautiful weather was just the icing on the cake. The Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld set many new priorities which will remain here long after the Championships are over.”
Besides beautiful weather and great TV pictures that went around the world, the sustainable mobility concept was a success: More than half of the spectators came by train or other public means of transport and used this sustainable offer to watch the Nordic Championships in the Olympic region.