Calgary hopes to host ski and snowboard World Cup events in February

Jan 12 2021, 12:48 pm

Canada Olympic Park might see some of the world’s best athletes hit the slopes and find massive air in February.

Calgary is considered very likely to host various World Championship events as well as the 2021 freestyle ski, snowboard, and freeski world championships.

Having been the host city of the 1988 Olympics, Calgary is now expected to host these exciting events. This could be incredibly important for athletes hoping to qualify for the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 2022. Due to other event cancellations around the world, this could be one of only a few chances to make the Olympics.

Many proposed details and protocols have not yet been announced, but there would need to be a strict bubble over the athletes, coaches, and event staff. Testing for COVID-19 would happen multiple times to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including at arrival, departure, and throughout the event.

More details on the event will be announced on January 18. Right now, it’s unknown what might be televised, or if any spectators will be allowed to watch live. The different events include fan favourites, like half pipe, moguls, big air, slope-style, aerials, and more.

Maybe this is why Mark McMorris, Canada’s two-time Olympic medalist snowboarder, was seen shredding up the slopes at COP in early January.

 

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Alberta has been quite the hub for sports recently.

Edmonton hosted the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship from December 25 to January 5. The Flames and Oilers are set to take off in the all-Canadian division when the NHL season starts Wednesday, January 13.

There’s also the six bonspiels that start February 20, with over two months of curling taking place at Markin McPhail Centre in Calgary, that includes the Scotties, the Brier, and a World Championship.

The proposed plan to host the ski and snowboard events still needs the approval of both the provincial and federal government, as well as funding partners and health authorities.

If approved, the event is tentatively scheduled to start February 19, ending sometime in mid-March.

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