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The Nordic World Ski Championships in Tyrol opened spectacularly on Wednesday. Star violinist David Garrett created a top atmosphere with his performance of "Eye of the tiger" before the opening ceremony on the Medal Plaza came to a glittering end with fireworks. Elsewhere, it all started after the official opening: At the reception of the state governor, sports legends as well as greats from politics and business got in the mood for the World Championships. Culinary insights were given into the cooking pots of the nine Tyrolean districts.
Star violinist David Garrett didn't have to think long before he promised to attend the opening ceremony of the Nordic World Championships: "For me it's a matter of honour to be here - I'm delighted to have been invited to this great event. I did cross-country skiing as a child - maybe I'll try it again here in Seefeld. It's beautiful here. The scenery and the atmosphere are great".
At the reception of the Tyrolean governor Günther Platter two were not missing: Gian Franco Kasper (FIS President) and Sarah Lewis (FIS Secretary General). Just back from the Aare, the atmosphere on the occasion of the Tyrolean Imperial Weather was terrific. "I feel like I'm in a winter fairy tale. The weather is wonderful, the organisation is perfectly prepared. I expect top sporting performances and I think the teams are very well prepared," said Kasper. Lewis also agreed: "The first impression is excellent. The snow conditions are perfect, everything is ready. We have 60 nations here - they're all thrilled. The expectations are very high that we will experience a great world championship here in Seefeld. More than 1000 athletes are present in all disciplines. We expect top performances and a real sports festival with athletes and fans from all over the world".
Former Austrian ski jumper and ski jumping coach Toni Innauer is also looking forward to the home World Championships with great anticipation: "I have an incredibly good feeling. I think the population feels like part of the World Cup - the top atmosphere was already clearly felt at the opening ceremony. The World Cycling Championships and the World Climbing Championships have certainly also contributed to the fact that Tyroleans are open to major sporting events".
Governor Günther Platter was also pleased with the great atmosphere at the opening ceremony: "I expect a fair and friendly cooperation for the World Championships. I hope that the locals and our guests from home and abroad will feel at home in Tyrol". The entire Tirol living space will present itself excellently on this opening evening. "Today we offer our guests Tyrolean specialities from Agrarmarketing Tirol. Everyone works together to present the advantages of our local products - and people enjoy it."