A world class winter
Ski, Cortina (PH Diego Gaspari Bandion)

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will take place in Cortina d’Ampezzo from 7th to 21st February 2021: two weeks of men’s and women’s competitions that will bring to the Ampezzo Valley over 600 athletes from 70 nations, all competing to win the 13 World Titles at stake. In addition, another 6,000 people including experts, volunteers, technicians, athletic trainers, staff and managers will be part of the event. Over 500 million people are expected to watch the races on TV and media from all over the world. Alpine skiing is part of the very DNA of the Queen of the Dolomites: in 1903 the first Ski Club was founded and in 1933 the first Ski School in the whole Italian territory was established right in Cortina: the Scuola Sci Cortina, still operating today. This Ski School is the only one that is authorized to use the Olympic rings in their logo, as it was registered before the legal ban.  In 1956, Cortina hosted the Winter Olympics, the first Games held in Italy and broadcast on TV, with which Cortina earned the title of Queen of Winter Sports. In 1969, Cortina hosted its first World Cup Race, a men’s downhill race and in the ‘70s and ‘80s several Men’s and Ladies’ World Cup races have been organized on the slope Olympia delle Tofane. In 1993 Cortina has become an unmissable stage of the Ladies World Cup races, breaking the Italian record of most World Cup races hosted in one destination: 100 to be precise, out of which 91 women’s and 9 men’s.

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