POSTED: Thursday December 9th 2010

La Plagne opens the winter sports season on Annecy 2018's home turf

La Plagne, Annecy 2018’s proposed venue for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events, will host two Skeleton Intercontinental Cups on 11th and 12th December.

These sensational events will be held on the Olympic run built for the Albertville Games, and recognised as one of the most technically challenging in the world.

A Skeleton Intercontinental Cup is an obligatory intermediate stage for athletes wanting to take part in the World Cup. Qualifying for the new season is based on the previous season's final results, taken from the International Federation for Bobsleigh and Tobogganing (FIBT) rankings. Skeleton was first seen at the Olympic Games in 1928 in Saint Moritz and became a mixed event in 2002.
The La Plagne run, built for the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games and the only one of its kind in France, was Annecy 2018's natural choice to host the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events. “The La Plagne run has already proved it can push athletes to their limits,” observes Edgar Grospiron, Olympic Mogul Skiing Champion at Albertville and CEO of Annecy 2018. “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 completely redesigned with an environment-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 cold.  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.

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. Reaching speeds in excess of 130 km/h, skeleton sliders can experience up to 5G of pressure on their shoulders. 

Annecy is a candidate to host the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2018. The International Olympic Committee will announce its decision on 6 July 2011 during the 123rd Session of the IOC in Durban, South Africa.

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