POSTED: December 15th 2010

Annecy 2018 kicks off FIS World Cup excitement in the French Alps

The French Alps were bustling with FIS World Cup action / Annecy 2018
The French Alps were bustling with FIS World Cup action / Annecy 2018

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

ANNECY/LONDON, Dec 15: Annecy’s Winter Olympic bid team are aiming to maximise the opportunities presented by the winter sports season to convince the IOC that it is the number one choice to host the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In the same weekend that Edgar Grospiron, resigned as chief executive of Annecy's bid – stepping back from his front-line role – the French bid was boosted by a unique opportunity to host two international sporting competitions and showcase two of its proposed Olympic venues.

Whilst La Plagne played host to the Skeleton Intercontinental Cups, the 55th Criterium de la Premiere Neige, one of the highlights of the winter sports calendar, kicked off in Val d’Isère.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup racing weekend took on a new theme this year in Val d’Isère, celebrating the world of skiing, and skiing champions, through various countries – this year, Britain was the chosen country.

Christian Monteil, chairman of the supervisory board and president of the Haute-Savoie general council, pointed out the experience that the French hold in hosting international winter sports events. He said:

"This winter's calendar includes no less than 12 international competitions, 10 World Cup events, a European Cup event and an Intercontinental Cup event, organised within the footprint of the Annecy 2018 bid, showcasing our expertise in the organisation of major sporting events."

Perrine Pelen, Annecy 2018 ambassador used Val d'Isère as an example of the French’s attributes when it comes to legacy.

“Following the Alpine Skiing World Championships in 2009, the media centre was transformed into a swimming pool and fitness centre, for the region's inhabitants. This is a fine illustration of our ability to reconvert infrastructures developed for sporting events," she said.

The IOC's bid evaluation visits are due to begin in Annecy on February 9-12. The full IOC decides on the 2018 host in Durban on July 6.

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