Innsbruck Hosting 2020 Event That Features Olympic Sports For Amateurs
It takes place Jan. 10-19. The Winter Olympic Games are Feb. 9-25 in PyeongChang, Korea.
The Winter World Masters Games are the world’s largest winter sports festival that features amateur competitors taking part in the same sports that will be in the Games. Athletes compete in the following 12 sports: Alpine skiing, ski jumping & Nordic combined, ski mountaineering, biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski orienteering, figure skating, speed skating, short track, ice hockey and curling.
For spectators, the Winter World Masters Games has an Olympic-style feel to it, and that is to say people from all over the world mixing it up and mingling. The Masters Village in the city center is the meeting point for athletes, support teams, guests and visitors.
Numerous attractions and other activities are planned to take place, including nightly award ceremonies will be at the “Medal Plaza” in the Masters Village.
As for the sports, the ice rinks in Götzens and Telfs will be used for ice hockey matches. With its new cable car built in 2017, the Patscherkofel, known as the Olympiaberg or Olympic Mountain, will stage the Alpine competitions. The ski mountaineering events are to be held around the so-called Mountaineering Villages in the Sellrain valley.
The Olympic region of Seefeld, recognized as one of the world’s best cross-country skiing destinations, is home of the Nordic competitions. Seefeld will also host the ski orienteering competitions. Kitzbühel will be the venue for the curling competition.
The famous Bergisel ski jump will not be in use during the 2020 Winter World Masters Games, but as part of a special guided tour, visitors can ascend to the ski jumper’s starting point and tremble. People are fully secured in a climbing harness then slide across on to the start gate and to experience breathtaking view from the hill. Of course, no jump happens, but being perched on the “test seat” provides an adrenaline rush, s well as a good story to tell over schnapps during ski apres later in the day.
Travel, lodging and other information is available on the event’s website, www.innsbruck2020.com.