POSTED: December 9th 2010

Annecy 2018 launches winter sports season with skeleton world cups

La Plagne was the the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton venue for the 1992 Albertville Games / Annecy 2018
La Plagne was the the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton venue for the 1992 Albertville Games / Annecy 2018

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/ANNECY, Dec 9: Annecy’s 2018 Winter Olympic bid will have the opportunity to showcase one of its proposed venues next week, when it hosts two Skeleton Intercontinental Cups.

 La Plagne, will play host to the skeleton events on 11th and 12th December on the Olympic run which was built for the 1992 Albertville Winter Games.

Recognised as one of the most technically challenging in the world, the La Plagne run, with its 19 bends, is also one of the longest, totalling 1500 metres.

Should Annecy be elected to host the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the La Plagne run will be the venue for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events.

Edgar Grospiron, Olympic mogul skiing champion at Albertville and CEO of Annecy 2018 said:

“The La Plagne run has already proved it can push athletes to their limits. The Intercontinental Cup is a wonderful opportunity for Annecy 2018 to show that this unique French run is ready to host international competitions.”

In 2008, the track’s cooling mechanism was redesigned with an environmentally friendly glycol refrigeration system. The La Plagne run has been also covered throughout its entire length to protect the ice from the sun, and so reduce the energy needed to keep it frozen.  

As early as 1992, La Plagne began using its run as a tourist attraction. Every winter around 14,000 people experience the ultimate thrill of one of its three rides, in a so-called bob-raft, mono-bob or taxi-bob.

Last month, Grospiron spoke exclusively to about Annecy’s decisive reworking of its bid concept. To read the interview, click here

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