POSTED: Wednesday March 2nd 2011
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IOC EVALUATION COMMISSION VISITS GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN

Day two of IOC Evaluation Commission: 14 members review Munich 2018’s Snow Park

IOC Evaluation Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg, Thomas Bach and Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, Katarina Witt pose with the other members of the Evaluation Commission and the Munich 2018 Bid Committee on the site visit to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
IOC Evaluation Commission Chair, Gunilla Lindberg, Thomas Bach and Chair of the Munich 2018 Bid Committee, Katarina Witt pose with the other members of the Evaluation Commission and the Munich 2018 Bid Committee on the site visit to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Members of the IOC Evaluation Commission and the Munich 2018 Bid Committee joined young athletes in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the Olympic Ski Stadium, during a site visit to the proposed Munich 2018 Snow Park.
Members of the IOC Evaluation Commission and the Munich 2018 Bid Committee joined young athletes in Garmisch-Partenkirchen at the Olympic Ski Stadium, during a site visit to the proposed Munich 2018 Snow Park.

Munich, 2 March 2011: The IOC Evaluation Commission today visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the proposed location for Munich 2018’s compact Snow Park which will contain a dedicated Olympic Village, media centre and the competition venues for ski jumping, Nordic combined, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding.

Thomas Schmid, Mayor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, welcomed the IOC Evaluation Commission at the cable car station on the legendary Kandahar ski slope. He said:

‘Today we were pleased to show the IOC Evaluation Commission members the Snow Park concept and the venues in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Most of the venues exist here today and are ready to host competitions in 2018 - that is one of our strengths for sure. The Olympic Ski Jump and the Kandahar and Gudiberg slopes are venues of the highest international and Olympic standard.’

Munich 2018 sports ambassador Christian Neureuther, a three-time winter Olympian, presented the IOC Commission with a video taken on a camera mounted on his helmet as he skied down the Hornabfahrt run on Hausberg mountain. The venue was most recently used in the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships last week which drew over 130,000 spectators and 30 million TV viewers in Germany. Neureuther said:

‘We want to show that Garmisch-Partenkirchen is ready for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games - and these existing venues are clear proof. You can still feel the spirit of the Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. We want to share this atmosphere with the IOC members. We will show how Garmisch-Partenkirchen stands fully behind the bid and is ready for a winter fairy tale in 2018.’

Today the IOC Evaluation Commission visited a number of locations in the compact mountain resort including: the ski slopes of Kandahar, Gudiberg and Hausberg; the Olympic Ski Stadium; the Olympic Ski Jump, and the locations for the proposed Olympic Village and the media centre. Earlier in the day, the Evaluation Commission also stopped at Schwaiganger Ranch, the proposed temporary venue for biathlon and cross country skiing.

The 14 Evaluation Commission members visited Garmisch-Partenkirchen, one of the crucial Munich 2018 venues, on the second day of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit. This week (1-4 March), the Commission will review Munich’s bid through a series of themed presentations detailing key topics, as well as a number of site visits to proposed and existing venues for the Festival of Friendship at the Winter Games in Munich in 2018.

Background
Munich, in collaboration with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Berchtesgadener Land, is applying to host the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The application will be put together and managed by Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH, with Karatina Witt as Chair, Bernhard Schwank as CEO and Jürgen Bühl as Managing Director. Shareholders in the application organisation are the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) with 51 per cent, the City of Munich (30 per cent), the Free State of Bavaria (nine per cent), the market town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (eight per cent) and the district of Berchtesgadener Land (two per cent). The bid is being supported by national sponsors Adidas, Allianz, the BMW Group, BayWa, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Post, Flughafen München GmbH, Lotto Bayern, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, METRO GROUP, and the Sparkasse Finance Group, along with national suppliers ARGE (Albert Speer & Partner and PROPROJEKT), Deloitte, Getty Images, GfK Verein, IMMO 2018, Messe München GmbH, Norton Rose LLP, Munich Olympic Park, pilot sport and Stadtwerke München GmbH. More information about the concept, the progress of the application and many other aspects can be found at http://www.muenchen2018.org.

Bewerbungsgesellschaft München 2018 GmbH
Munich 2018 Bid Committee
Olympiapark München
Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21
80809 München

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Bernhard Schwank and Jürgen Bühl

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Keywords · 2018 · Winter · Olympics · Bid · Munich · Germany · Garmisch Partenkirchen · IOC · Evaluation Commission


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