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Welcome to Liberec

19. 02 2009 18:50:00



Jiří Kittner, Mayor of the Statutory City of Liberec and Kateřina Neumannová,President of the Organizing Committee of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009

JK: Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the North of Bohemia, welcome to the city under Jested. Welcome to Liberec! 
KN: The whole Organizing Team has done its best to prepare the best conditions for you.
JK: All of us are nervous and tense but we are happy that all is starting just now. 
KN: To all athletes we wish good waxing and good wind. The rest is up to them.
JK: We wish you successful and joyful days with us. 
KN: We wish you a remarkable spectacle. 
JK: Have a nice time here in Liberec in the Czech Republic.
KN: Have a great experience, have a lot of fun.


Projev Mirka Topolánka, premiéra vlády ČR

Dear friends of skiing,
I am very happy that the Czech Republic has been given a chance to organize these Championships. Liberec has thus become a centre of the skiing world and there is ahead of us the biggest sports event in the history of my country.
The Czechs love skiing and it is enjoyed by millions of people although there are no high mountains in this country. Often in our mountains we have to overcome harsh conditions and face caprices of the weather. This has taught us perseverance, endurance and resourcefulness. I am certain that the organization of the Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 will prove this too. I have a rather detailed knowledge of the organization of this event. The best possible conditions await athletes and I hope it will be a magnificent spectacle for spectators too.
Nordic World Ski Championships are a great sport feasts. I am sure we can show ourselves to be good organizers but also polite attentive hosts. Last but not least I hope we will prove to be excellent athletes too.
I would love to see that our athletes can follow up on the past successes: on the golden medal of Ladislav Rygl, Nordic combined contestant from the World Championship in 1970, which took place at Strbske Pleso in the then Czechoslovakia. On the first place of today´s President of the Organizing Committee Katka Neumannova from Sapporo two years ago. I will myself keep my fingers crossed for our athletes and I hope I won´t be the only one along the course and under the jumping hills.


Projev Přemysla Sobotky, předsedy Senátu Parlamentu ČR

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
All the year of candidacy efforts and all the years of preparations are coming to a close today and the Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009 are becoming a reality. As a Liberec patriot and friend of skiing, I have taken an active part in all four candidacies for these Championships. Therefore I wish you a great experience of the competitions now. At the same time I welcome all athletes, coaches as well as spectators. I am sure you will enjoy your stay in the Czech Republic and above all in Liberec. I wish every success to all competitors, but as a representative of the Czech Republic I will mainly support Czech teams.
Finally, I would like to thank the organizers and wish good luck to FIS Nordic World Ski Championships .


Projev Gian Franco Kaspera, prezidenta Mezinárodní lyžařské federace

Dear friends of skiing,
On behalf of the International Ski Federation (FIS) I am honoured to welcome all athletes, National Ski Association officials, representatives of the media, partners, sponsors and especially the ski fans and spectators to Liberec in the Czech Republic for the FIS World Ski Championships in the nordic events of the year 2009.
For the first time in the long history of the International Ski Federation, World Ski Championships in the Nordic events are carried out in the Czech Republic and I really hope that these Championships will further increase the interest in Nordic skiing not only in the Czech Republic but all over the eastern part of Europe.
World Ski Championships in Liberec in this beautiful area present the best possible conditions not only for sports performances at the highest level, but also for a unique ski festival for athletes and spectators.
Already today I would like to thank the President of the Republic, the Maire and the City of Liberec, the Ski Association of the Czech Republic, the organisers of the Championships and first of all, all the volunteers for their preparation during many years for – so we all hope – perfect World Ski Championships with television images seen by millions of spectators all around the world.
I wish all athletes very successful World Ski Championships, good weather, sports performances at the highest level and great excitement and fun at the biggest ski festival of this year.
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Au nom de la Fédération Internationale de Ski j’ai l’honneur et le plaisir de souhaiter le bienvenu aux Championnats du Monde de Ski, épreuves nordiques ici _ Liberec _ tous les athl_tes, les officiels des Associations Nationales de Ski et aux représentants des média et des sponsors.
Je souhaite _ vous tous dans les jours _ venir tous le succ_s que vous désirez et aussi dehors de la piste beaucoup de joie et de plaisir aves les amis des sports de la neige du monde entier.
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Im Namen des Internationalen Ski Verbandes freue ich mich, alle Skirennläufer, die Offiziellen der Nationalen Skiverbände, die Vertreter der Medien, Partner und Sponsoren sowie und vor allem auch alle skisportbegeisterten Fans in Liberec zu den Nordischen Skiweltmeisterschaften 2009 herzlich willkommen heissen zu dürfen.
Wintersport und insbesondere Skisport soll auch Spiel und Spass beinhalten und ich hoffe, dass Sie alle in den kommenden Tagen nicht nur sportlich hoch stehende Wettkämpfe erleben werden, sondern auch gemütliche Stunden im Freundeskreis.
Allen beteiligten Athleten wünsche ich einen vollen Erfolg beim grössten Skisportfestival dieses Jahres.
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Welcome words in Russian.
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And now, dear friends of skiing, I declare on behalf of the International Ski Federation the Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec as officially opened.



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