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Alpine world championships in the “Queen of the Dolomites”

We are now less than three weeks away from one of the absolute highlights in the winter sport calendar, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The 2021 edition was awarded to Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy during the FIS congress in Cancun, Mexico. The event will be held from February 8th to February 21st, with athletes from about 70 countries competing for 13 titles.

Cortina has previously hosted the World Championships in 1932 and the Winter Olympics in 1956, which was the first ever Winter Olympics broadcasted on TV. It is a regular feature on the women’s world cup tour, hosting speed events in January. However, the World Championships will mean a return of the male athletes to the famous Tofana courses after more than a 30 year absence. 

The alpine events of the 2026 Winter Olympics will be hosted in Cortina. 

The worldwide covid-19 pandemic for a long time put the event in danger of being postponed and the organizing committee did actually propose to FIS to delay the event by a year and host it in 2022 rather than this year. Even if the event for now has been given the green light to go ahead it will unfortunately be with what the organizers refer to as their plan B, meaning that there will be no spectators in the stands. 

The media attention for the event is sizable no matter if there will be fans in the stands or not and most of the bookmakers are sure to provide sizeable markets for all the events. 

Our winter sports tipster “WhoisJohnGalt” is currently working hard analyzing the world cup event races of the 2020-21 season as well as the women’s world cup races from the last few years in Cortina. He has promised to try to pinpoint our readers in the direction of some good value betting tips by the time the event starts. 

It will be very interesting to track the progress of the Italian super stars, Sofia Goggia and Dominik Paris during the championships. 

Cortina d’Ampezzo - a picturesque skiing paradise - is known as a favourite location for many athletes as well as fans. The weather tends to be wonderful and the tracks are plentiful and beautiful. The three main skiing areas that make up Cortina is; Tofana, Cortina cube and Lagazuoi – Cinque Torri. These areas are connected by a ski bus and covered by a single ski pass. Together they offer some 155 kilometers of slopes. 

The heart of the ski community is the village of Cortina. This village can boast a more than 1000 year history and a long tradition in tourism. It is a stunning place with marvelous cobbled streets and is home to many top notch restaurants, pizzerias and cappuccino bars. The ambience of the place with great food, splendid landscapes and accommodation is likely one of the drivers of its popularity. 

Due to the Covid-19 situation and the likely wise decision not to allow any spectators you are unlikely to visit for the upcoming World Championships but we warmly recommend that you visit Cortina during some world cup races during the next few years.

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