100 Days Out: 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships
With 100 days to go, the countdown begins in earnest for the FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships presented by Toyota, taking place at Utah's Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain, and Solitude Mountain Resort from 1st to 10th February 2019.
The Championships will attract more than 1,300 athletes to Utah for the biggest winter sports event to take place in the state since the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
"Staging one of the biggest winter events in the world will continue to showcase our expertise in hosting major international sporting events as we welcome the world back to Utah and to several of our world-class winter venues. The significant economic impact and worldwide exposure from this event will highlight to audiences around the globe that Utah's Olympic and sport legacy is alive and well, proving a tremendous benefit to Utah and our partners." - President and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission Jeff Robbins.
Among the world-famous athletes expected to take part will be Chloe Kim, 2018 Winter Olympic gold medallist; David Wise, two-time Olympic gold medallist and 2018 ESPY winner; Mikael Kingsbury (CAN), the winningest mogul skier of all time; and crowd favorite Henrik Harlaut (SWE), six-time X Games winner.
Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort are no strangers to hosting world-class events, as both resorts hosted freestyle and snowboard events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, and have organised numerous FIS World Cup and U.S. Grand Prix competitions over the past 20 years. While Solitude Mountain Resort may not have the history and tenure of events that Park City and Deer Valley have, it has quickly become clear it is a great addition to the World Championship programme, as the terrain and facilities are perfectly suited to elite ski cross and snowboard cross competition.
The FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships 2019 in Utah will feature 15 events including slopestyle, halfpipe, big air, parallel giant slalom, parallel slalom, moguls, aerials, dual moguls, snowboard cross, and ski cross. In addition, team events, which have been added to the Beijing 2022 Olympics Winter Games programme, will make their World Championships debut at the 2019 World Champs, including team aerials and team snowboard cross.