Upcoming CITIC Guoan FIS Freestyle Ski Aerials World-Cup 2017-2018 and CITIC Guoan FIS Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe World-Cup 2017-2018

2017-12-04

At 2 pm November 29, the press conference of “CITIC Guoan FIS Freestyle Ski Aerials World-Cup 2017/2018” and “CITIC Guoan FIS Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe World-Cup 2017/2018” was held at meeting room 1067 of Winter Sport Management Center in Beijing National Stadium. The two Ski World Cups were hosted by FIS and held by Winter Sport Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China, Chinese Ski Association, Hebei Sports Bureau and Zhangjiakou Municipal People's government, and partnered with Genting Resort Secret Garden. Guoan Sport Culture & Development Ltd. (Beijing) are appointed as the business operator for these events. Officers and athletes’ representatives attended the press conference which included, Sun Yuanfu, the deputy director of Winter Sport Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China, Yang dong, the deputy director of Winter Sport Management Center of General Administration of Sport of China, Yan Xiaojuan, the director of Department One of Ski, Li Yang, the director of Department Two of Ski, Huang Yulong, the chief of Administration of Sport of Zhangjiakou, Li Jianyi, the board member of CITIC Guoan group, Zhao Qiong, the director of PR Department of Genting Resort Secret Garden and Chinese National Ski athletes, Li Nina and Zhang Yiwei.

 

The two Ski World Cups are extraordinary meaningful. FIS Freestyle Ski Aerials World-Cup 2017/2018 is the 14th consecutive games in China, while this is the debut of FIS Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe World-Cup 2017/2018 in China. The two events are the qualifying events for PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which are significant for the skiers around the world. It is believed that the two events could give audience a splendid experience.

 

Ms Yan Xiaojuan, the director of department one of ski said, “CITIC Guoan FIS Freestyle Ski Aerials World-Cup 2017/2018” will be held at Genting Resort Secret Garden in Chongli, Zhangjiakou. The event will last for two days, kicking-off on December 16th. 70 athletes from 13 countries will compete for the champion. Men and Women Individuals will start on December 16th while the Men and Women Team will be held on December 17th. Athletes around the world will show incredible balance and body control in the air during the competition. The audience could witness the dynamic fascination of stabilization, precision, difficulty and beauty from freestyle ski.

 

According to Mr. Li Yang, the director of department two of Ski, “CITIC Guoan FIS Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe World-Cup 2017/2018” will show its debut in China. Genting Resort Secret Garden, which is the host venue of the game, is the Beijing 2022 skiing resorts for freestyle and snowboard. Hosting the Halfpipe World Cup will accumulate experience in holding Beijing 2022. 80 participants from 20 countries will show up on the Halfpipe event, many of whom are famous Olympic medalists. On December 19th, the first round of the Snowboard Halfpipe competition will be unveiled. On December 20th, the first round of the Freeski Halfpipe Competition will start. The finals of Snowboard Halfpipe and Freeski Halfpipe will be held on December 21st and 22nd respectively.

 

Many of master ski athletes around the world will be gathered in the two Ski World Cup, including Andre Korsner, the Belarusian gold medalist of Men's Freestyle Ski Aerials at Sochi Winter Olympics, David Morris, the Australian runner-up of the Men's Freestyle Ski Aerials at Sochi Winter Olympics and Ella Tesoppa, the Belarusian champion of the Women’s Freestyle Ski at Sochi Winter Olympics. Best athletes from Chinese national team will participate in the competition, including Xu Mengtao, the runner-up of Sochi Winter Olympics and the third place of 2017 Freestyle Ski Aerials World Championship, Qi Guangpu, the champion of 2015 Freestyle Ski Aerials World Championship and the runner-up of 2017 Freestyle Ski Aerials World Championship. Also, Liu Jiayu and Cai Xuetong, the champions of the Ski World Championship, Zhang Yiwei and Li Shuang, the champions of Snowboard Halfpipe World Championship will participate as well. In addition, some of the international snowboard skiers will show in the Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe World-cup. Hirano Stephanako, the runner-up of Sochi Winter Olympics Men's Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe and Pangang Taku, the Sochi bronze medal winner, will show up on the stage. Chinese national team will send the strongest rosters to the events, including Liu jiayu and Cai Yutong, the champions of Snowboard Halfpipe World Championship; Zhang Yiwei and Li Shuang, the champions of Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup. In addition to those world-class athletes above, other young athletes will participate in this competition and strive for more qualifications for Winter Olympics.

 

The two World Cup events have been strongly supported by Hebei Sports Bureau and Zhangjiakou Municipal People's government. All sectors of society and news media pay close attention to the events. The whole process of the events will be broadcasted by CCTV from the very beginning to the end.

 

Mr. Jianyi Li, a broad member from CITIC Guoan group, said that as the title sponsor of the two World Cup events, we hope to promote the development of the Winter sport nationwide in China. In the reports of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, President Xi Jingping pointed out that we should extensively carry out the national fitness activities, accelerate the construction of sports power, and well organize the Beijing Winter Olympic Games and the winter Paralympic Games. CITIC Guoan group will thoroughly implement the spirit of President Xi‘s important instructions, continue to increase investment in sports industry, and contribute to the construction of China's sports power. CITIC Guoan group owns Guoan Sports, which has a team to run professional sports events and culture operation. The accumulated rich resources and operational experience could be used in winter sports industry, and help to achieve the "300 million people to participate in winter sports", to promote the vigorous development of winter sports in China. Guoan sports will fully support the winter sports events' preparation and organization, invest more in mass skiing events, junior winter sports, popularize winter sports culture, bring more diverse experiences for winter sports fans.

 

Genting Resort Secret Garden is not only the host venue of the “FIS Freestyle Ski Aerials World-Cup 2017/2018” and the “FIS Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe World-Cup 2017/2018”, but also the Beijing 2022 skiing resort for freestyle and snowboard. Genting Resort Secret Garden has built 41 ski tracks with 22 kilometers in length and 885,000 square meters’ ski areas and 5 high-speed ski lifts with seat warmers. Mr. Zhao Qiong, the director of PR Department of Genting Resort Secret Garden, said that the design and construction of the two events perfectly meet the standards and requirements of Beijing 2022 and FIS World Championships. Both “FIS Freestyle Ski Aerials World-Cup 2017/2018” and “FIS Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe World-Cup 2017/2018” will be their debuts of new season in Asia, especially for Snowboard Halfpipe Games will be set as same facilities and area of Beijing-Zhangjiakou Winter Olympic Games 2022. The two World Cups, which are regarded as the test events for the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Winter Olympic Games 2022 and the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships 2021, could facilitate to improve the preparations on competition, ski & snowboard courses and guest reception, to make sure that we have fully set for the 2022 Beijing-Zhangjiakou Winter Olympic Games.

 

The whole nation is paying high attention to the development of Winter Sports in China, especially after Beijing and Zhangjiakou’s won the bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. With consecutive winter competitions held in China, it will definitely strengthen the ability of running big winter sport events. Also, it will highlight the confidence and power that China can host a wonderful and successful Winer Olympics. The vigorous promotion and successful delivery of the two ski World Cups will correspond with President Xi’s aim of “To Bring 300 million people participating in winter sports”. The events will further light up public’s enthusiasm for winter games and promote the development of winter sports and winter industry in China.

 

From December 12th to 24th, Genting Resort Secret Garden will build a symbolized winter carnival of Snow Pack. The skiing fans will enjoy various interactive games like snow soccer, gas-filled bowling, bouncer, snowball battle, etc. Additionally, with fantastic music parties, delicious meals and exciting downhill performance, “Snow Pack” winter festival will be a grand meeting you can never miss.