In a perspective to optimize media coverage, the FIS (International Ski Federation) reflects on modernizing Slalom races that was until now done in two consecutive runs. The idea would be to organize a first qualifying round and then two races as a semi-final and final in stride. Only the top 30 skiers would qualify for the semifinals, before a final that would be open to the top 15 providing more excitement and thrill suspense … A test could be organized this mid-November in Levi, Finland.
The new team in place to manage the men’s World Cup circuit did not wait long to start reviewing the format of some races in the calendar. The classic competitions in January such as Adelbden, Wengen, Kitzbühel or Schladming do not seem concerned by this possible change because their TV audiences are good. The FIS committee will not touch the classics!
This project study was unveiled during a meeting of the Alpine skiing executive board at the FIS Congress. The FIS technicians will work on the project in the coming weeks and hope to have it approved in the fall by the FIS board.