There is an end to everything. When big events such as the Nordic World Ski Championships were, come to an end, there follows euphoria over a job well done first. But this is later replaced with a great void... The last pictures show managers, technical staff and coaches in the Cross-Country Ski Area Vesec without whose work the Championships would have never taken place.
Seven members of the Organizing Committee of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009 including Michal Lamplot, Lukas Tyfa, Jan Pecka, Tomas Pochop, Jana Vollmer, Robert Heczko and Jaroslav Honcu, were given an opportunity to hand the FIS World Championships flag and the FIS flag in front of spectators and TV cameras over to the organizers of the next Championships that are to take place in Olso, Norway.
About 40,000 pictures were taken in the course of the Championships by the photographers of the getphoto.cz group who worked for the FIS WSC Liberec 2009 website. Only part of the pictures was selected, edited and published on the website. These were mainly pictures featuring sport contests and the atmosphere at the Championships. This picture gallery offers you some views taken from among the spectators and some taken behind the scenes. They also show the boss of the group, Martin Sidorjak. By the way, he had prepared that calendar that was on offer during the Championships.
The Tipsport Arena became the base for the organizers of the Nordic World Ski Championships for several weeks. It housed the accreditation-issuing group, the Race Office including the meeting room for the Team Captains´ Meetings; the Transport and Volunteer Sections had their offices there, and the editorial staff of this website also worked there. “We have acquired an interesting know-how as to the possible ways we can use the arena to organize other events too,” admitted managers of the premises.
Right in the Cross-Country Ski Area Vesec after the 50 km Men´s race the Closing Ceremony took place of the 47th FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009. A choir of women and girls sang the Czech anthem, important guests gave speeches, and the flag of the Czech Republic was lowered from the staff. Flag bearers consisting of Organizing Committee representatives brought the flag of the FIS World Championships and handed it over to the organizers of the future Championships from Oslo, Norway. That was the definite end of the Championships in Liberec.
The last winners ceremony took place right in the Cross-Country Ski Area Vesec. Petter Northug of Norway, Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia and Tobias Angerer of Germany were the best athletes in the 50 km free technique race.
The 47th FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009 ended with the last race today - 50 km free technique Men. More than 60 competitors set off on the course in soft snow with temperatures around 5 ˚C. Czech competitors Magal and Koukal attacked the front of the pack several times. Petter Northug of Norway had most strength in the finish area and he was by 0.7 second faster than Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia. Tobias Angerer of Germany who had been at the front of the race most of the time came 2 seconds behind the winner. Martin Koukal finished in a nice 7th place, Jiri Magal was 17th.
For the last time there came together on Medal Plaza the best runners in the 30 km Ladies´ race, Nordic combined contestants who had completed their ski jumping and cross-country event during the day and ski jumpers who hadn´t enjoyed much jumping due to bad weather.
Ski jumpers said goodbye to HS 134 Hill in Jested with a ski jumping team event. After a thrilling contest during which Czech jumpers reached out for gold (they finished in the 5th place in the end) the Austrian team won consisting of Loitzl, Koch, Morgenstern and Schlierenzauer. The Norwegian team was second with Bardal, Hilde, Evensen and Jacobsen. The Japanese finished in the third place with Tochimoto, Okabe, Ito and Kasai.
Ski jumping event on HS 134 Hill decided ranking and distances for the start of the 10 km free technique event. Bill Demong of the United States took gold, Bjoem Kirchiesen of Germany came second and Jason Lamy Chappuis of France came third.