POSTED: Friday March 4th 2011
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IOC EVALUATION COMMISSION VISITS KÖNIGSSEE SLIDING CENTRE

Munich 2018 sports ambassadors Georg Hackl and Felix Loch and District Commissioner Georg Grabner welcome IOC delegation to Berchtesgadener Land

Young fans join Mattias Kaestner, Project Manager, IOC Bid City Relations; Georg Grabner, District Commissioner of the Rural District of Berchtesgadener Land; and Dwight Bell, Member of the IOC Evaluation Commission (l  to r) at Lake Königssee.
Young fans join Mattias Kaestner, Project Manager, IOC Bid City Relations; Georg Grabner, District Commissioner of the Rural District of Berchtesgadener Land; and Dwight Bell, Member of the IOC Evaluation Commission (l to r) at Lake Königssee.

Olympic champion and Munich 2018 sports ambassador, Georg Hackl, explains some of the features of the legendary Königssee ice track to IOC Evaluation Commission member, Dwight Bell.
Olympic champion and Munich 2018 sports ambassador, Georg Hackl, explains some of the features of the legendary Königssee ice track to IOC Evaluation Commission member, Dwight Bell.

Munich, 4 March 2011: Delegates from the IOC Evaluation Commission visited an important site in Munich 2018’s bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games during their four-day visit - the proposed venue for the bobsleigh, skeleton and luge competitions at the sliding centre at Lake Königssee.

The delegation was greeted by Georg Grabner, District Commissioner of Berchtesgadener Land, on its visit to the world’s oldest artificial ice rink. It is now also one of the most modern sliding centres in operation after its renovation for the 2011 FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships.

Georg Grabner, District Commissioner of Berchtesgadener Land, said:

‘The Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships demonstrated that we are amply prepared for hosting big international sports events and that the sliding centre at Königssee already meets today’s rigorous international standards.’

Olympic champions and Munich 2018 sports ambassadors were also on site during the Evaluation Commission’s visit. Felix Loch, who won gold at Vancouver 2010 and was the first athlete to use the newly renovated ice rink at Königssee, is looking forward to the chance of participating in the Olympic Games at his home-rink:

‘This ice rink would be a perfect location for the Olympic Games in 2018. It is very challenging and great fun to train and compete on. In 2018, I will be 28 years old, which is the perfect age to compete in my home town on my home ice rink, should Munich 2018 be successful in its bid to host the Games.’

Georg Hackl, who ended his career as an athlete at the age of 40 at the Winter Games in Torino 2006, commented:

‘The 2011 Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships showed how enthusiastic and proud the people of Berchtesgaden are of their sliding centre and its athletes. The atmosphere on the rink is one of a kind - I really believe Munich 2018 would be the best location for all three disciplines.’

He continued:

‘If Munich gets to host the Winter Games in 2018, I may even consider participating once again, to complete my medals collection!’

The Evaluation Commission delegates also visited accommodation in Schönau and Königssee, including those which would be provided for athletes for 2018. They were also shown simulations of the luge, bobsleigh and skeleton competitions at Königssee during the Winter Games. Königssee’s expertise in hosting sports mega-events is sure to play a vital role in the IOC’s decision making process on 6 July 2011.


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

Responsible for contents:
Bernhard Schwank and Jürgen Bühl

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Keywords · 2018 · Winter · Olympics · Bid · Munich · Germany · IOC · Evaluation Commission · Bobsleigh · Skeleton · Luge · Georg Grabner · Berchtesgadener Land


Name: Jürgen Bühl
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