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The Championships in Liberec have come to a close; the whole world speaks highly of them

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Being second doesn´t mean losing

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.

Medal Plaza in full glory during the first winners ceremony

Although temperatures dropped to less than - 6 _C, Dr. Edvard Benes Square, that is the Medal Plaza, was full to bursting long before the winners ceremony during which best women of the 10 km classic technique event were to be awarded medals.

The World Champion from High Tatras: It was a feast then

As if a bit forgotten in the history of modern skiing is Ladislav Rygl, the World Champion in Nordic combined from 1970. In 1970 the World Championships took place in what was then a home territory – in the High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. Getting a valuable World Championship medal at home means the most precious victory for an athlete. This is one of the things we spoke about in our interview with Ladislav Rygl.  

We will be in the office mostly at night during the Championships

Company DB Schenker is the exclusive logistics partner of the Nordic World Ski Championships. Its role is to secure transportation, logistics and storage of goods in a central storage area in Liberec. We talked to Miroslav Horak, a DB Schenker logistics expert about the preparations for this unique sports event.  

Sport is in my heart

First skiers are arriving in Liberec and the delegation from China already stays at the Halls of residence of the Technical University. Today it has been joined by Cesar Baena from Venezuela and his team. Cesar Baena is a 20-year-old young man with a wide smile. He is the only Venezuelan biathlonist and at the same time he is a cross-country runner too. He got a feel of the Olympic atmosphere as a volunteer in Athens and Turin. He would like to take part as an athlete at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. That´s also one of the reasons for his coming to Liberec for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

Tipsport Arena is to become heart and brain of the Championships

The Tipsport Arena in Liberec is to become the central brain of the Championships during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Almost the entire Organizing Committee will move from Palace Syner in the centre of Liberec to the Tipsport Arena. This beautiful and multifunctional building will serve a number of roles during the Championships: here the Opening ceremony will take place. It will serve as a concert hall for the band Elan, and discotheques will take place on its covered ice rink on certain days. On the Czech Day live Morning Radio Evropa 2 Show will be prepared here by Leos Mares, Patrik Hezucky and Lucie in the evening hours.

Those who can´t, teach or how I became a referee

Organizing a World Championship is basically like running a small factory. Individual sections have their own managers who lead their teams. One does this and another does that and all together make the Championship – if I can put it in the words of a popular song. Apart from the Sports Director of the whole Championship who is Michal Lamplot, every discipline has its own chief. Chief of ski jumping competition is Leos Skoda, Standa Slavik is responsible for the Nordic Combined and Petr Mach is the chief of cross-country competition of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009. And it was Petr Mach I interviewed.

Doping will be strictly controlled

Doping-related issues are discussed widely during every big sport event. It is athletics and cycling that are discussed most in connection with doping, however skiing has not been spared some doping cases either. We can remember Larisa Lazutinova or Olga Danilova who were expelled from the Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 due to doping. Are the Nordic World Ski Championships going to have their sinners this year too_ Let´s hope not.

Accreditation centre to become a busy place

“Accreditation” or “get accreditation” means the right to carry out certain activity or to prove one´s identity with something. Accreditation is granted by the so-called accreditation authority. Petr Bures is the accreditation manager of the FIS WC Liberec 2009 Organizing Committee. I asked him a few questions about accreditations for the coming Championship.

The police have completed their careful preparations for the Championship

Today (14 January) was the last time before the FIS Championship 2009 that the Security committee has met in its complete set-up. The final details were fine-tuned right on the spot, in the sports grounds in Vesec and Ještěd. In the group of security experts we can find representatives of the Czech Police, Municipal Police of Liberec, representatives of the Fire Department, Czech Army, Municipal Government of the City of Liberec and the Region of Liberec. Of course, the Organizing Committee of the Championship itself has representatives in this group.

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