A competition ends for us after we put up the results lists
01. 03 2009 12:50:00
(Liberec, own) What is the Race office_ What it is in charge of and what a routine day looks like at the Race Office, this is what I talked about with the Chief of Race Office at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009 Iveta Roubickova.
* When did the Race Office of the 47th of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009 start to operate_
Our work started long before the Championships; approximately from September we started to get the first entries with numbers of athletes per different countries. At the end of October we could have an idea as to number of competitors based on those entries. Entries with concrete names for all disciplines by all countries were basically arriving till the end of January.
* What happened then_
From February 1st we started to build and prepare race offices to function in individual sport areas. The Race Office in the Tipsport Arena was opened on Friday, February 13 and from then on accredited persons started to arrive to enter their names for individual events.
* What is the role of the Race Office during the Championships_ How does it work in your office_
At the Race Office entries for individual events are submitted, it is usually the coaches who submit the entries for their athletes. We make a list of those registered for the event and based on it a final version of the start list is made at the meeting of chiefs of all teams which is called Team Captains´ Meeting (TCM). It is the duty of the Race Office to prepare all necessary documentation for the meeting of chiefs of all teams, namely the above-mentioned list of registered athletes, stadium and course plans, current weather forecast, and an outline of all the agenda for the meeting. So, every representative of a team will find at his/her place a card with the name of the country and a pile of these materials.
* How is the start list made_ Does a draw take place_
No, there is basically no draw any longer. The starting order of athletes is based on the number of FIS points individual athletes have acquired. At the meeting it is decided, for example, when the best group will start in a mass start competition, it usually depends on current conditions on the course. Based on the start list we then prepare at the Race Office starting bibs for individual teams which team captains take with them from the meeting. It is up to competitors and coaches then to come to the start at the right time and with the right number. Well, then you have an event and afterwards processing and distribution of unofficial and later official results lists take place.
* What do you mean by unofficial and official results lists_
Unofficial results are available after the end of a competition and they are based on data from Timekeeping services. After the unofficial results are put up the competitors or their coaches have 15 minutes to submit any possible protests. Protests are submitted at the Race Office right in the sport area. Jury considers a protest, evaluates it, accepts or refuses it and the official results are processed accordingly.
* So the competition ends after the results lists are put up_
In fact, yes.
* I have noticed that the Race Office has three sections according to disciplines – cross country, ski jumping and Nordic combined_ Which of them is the busiest_
It´s hard to say. Taking into account the fact that most competitors are in cross-country disciplines, it may seem there is most of work here. But with jumping and Nordic combined you have to issue start and results lists even for official trainings on the hill and this increases the volume of work for those sections of the Race Office.
* How many people are there at the Race Office for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at which almost 600 athletes took part_
It is about 15 people; we have four people in each of the sport areas, in Jested and Vesec, 4 people are here in the Race Office at the Tipsport Arena and three of us keep running between the areas and we must be everywhere. Then there is a number of volunteers and we could hardly manage that entire agenda, photocopying, laminating and putting up the results lists without them. I would like to say a big “thank you” to them for their work.
* How did you get this job of Chief of Race Office_
I have dabbled in skiing since I was nine years old. I come from Karlovy Vary and I am very proud of the town, it is where I began skiing. When I was eighteen the skiing fate took me to Jablonec nad Nisou and I have stayed there since. For about ten years I have organized national cross-country competitions, so I know how to organize competitions.
* And what were your best ski achievements_
I am the world champion in biathlon relay in 1993 and Universiad world champion in relay.
Many thanks for the interview from Marketa Hozova.
I have asked a nice young lady for an interview. Petra works at a medical blood centre in Ostrava and we talked about her volunteer work in the Halls of residence in Harsco. At the World Championships in Liberec she works as a chaperon.
When talking about ski jumping a name of a ski jumper is usually what comes to mind. Those who know more about ski jumping may think of the place where World Cups ski jumping takes place. But only few would know at least one name of a designer of ski hills.
Ladislav Slonek is an important figure both of Czech as well as international skiing. He was born in Nove Mesto na Morave where skiing had been a long tradition in the family. He was a top athlete himself and took part at the Olympics in Innsbruck. For years he was involved in organizing the Golden Ski in Nove Mesto; he was also director of the race. He was a Czechoslovak and later Czech representative in FIS. For many years he worked at Faculty of Forestry of Mendel University in Brno, several times in the position of the Dean of the Faculty.
luck but rather of great patience. But the waiting was definitely worth it. The Prince immediately made up for it to the waiting press with his pleasant attitude and openness you wouldn´t even expect. He answered questions in English or Norwegian and with a pleasant smile he refused to take any credit for the success of the Norwegian team: “I am not a talisman of theirs; the boys have gained all the success themselves.”
Zora Honzlova, member of the International Ski Federation FIS, former Czechoslovak cross-country skier, and member of the Jury at the Winter Olympic Games in Turin in 2006, Director of the E-ON Golden Ski Ceskomoravske vysociny competition, who plays an active role in cross-country skiing also has a very important role at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009.
There was flurry of activity in the Jested Press Centre. The ski jumping leg of the Nordic combined had just ended and journalists sat down at their computers. There moved around them a smiling chap with a smart hat who exchanged a couple of words here and there with photographers present. To exaggerate a bit, we might say Ingo Jensen is a sort of their patron. Without him the world champions would probably run away from the winners podium and there would be no smiling winners in photographs under the newspaper headlines.
In the evening of 22 February, the Medal Plaza was by coincidence decorated in three colours – red, blue and white - which make up both the Norwegian as well as the American flags. It´s a pity none of our Czech athletes gained any medal that day, as we take pride in a tricolour of the very same colours.
For 16 years Vera Kocova has been one of the leading Czech designers. She has cooperated with the MISS contest and she has dressed up Czech Miss contestants for competitions around the world; as a costume designer she has participated in a number of TV Nova programmes, and her models are worn by a number of Czech and foreign athletes, including Katerina Neumannova.
The 47th FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009 is a big event deserving the presence of top representatives of the country. We could hear the words of the Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Premysl Sobotka at the Opening Ceremony of the World Championships on Wednesday. We held a less formal interview in the Cross-Country Ski Area Vesec before the start of the 2 x 7.5 km pursuit Ladies´ event.
Another competition day brought fans from all corners of the world to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009. The competitions take place not only in the white trail. Fans from different countries compete too. As the tradition has it, you can see and hear the Scandinavian fans most. Today both in the white trail as well as along the course a contest between two countries was taking place: Norway versus Poland. While it was the Polish competitor winning the race, for me it was the Norwegian fans who beat the pants off everyone else.