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Leitl Congratulates the City of Schladming: “World Alpine Ski Championship is Returning to Austria”

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June 13, 2008

Selection of Schladming is Recognition of the Sports-Oriented Country’s Achievements and Economic Stability – After EURO 08 Austria’s next big Sports Event

Vienna – “The selection of Schladming as the location of the 2013 World Alpine Ski Championship is another recognition of our sports-oriented country’s achievements and economic stability,” said a delighted Austrian Federal Economic Chamber President Christoph Leitl about the decision made by the International Ski Federation FIS at the 46th International Ski Congress. In the first round, Schladming (in the province of Styria) was able to garner 10 votes, gaining a clear margin over its 3 competitors Beaver Creek/Vail, St. Moritz, and Cortina d’Ampezzo. The World Alpine Ski Championship in 2013 will make the ninth time this competition for gold, silver, and bronze in alpine skiing is held in Austria.

“This decision is the successful culmination of years of effort by Schladming,” the Chamber President said while congratulating the Upper Styrian skiing region. Schladming has lots of experience hosting big sports events: As far back as 1982 World Championship races were held in Schladming. And every year the “Nightrace” Men’s World Cup Slalom, traditionally held after the race weekend in Kitzbühel in January, draws about 50,000 fans.

Leitl stressed the positive relationship between economy and sport as well as the importance of big sporting events: “It’s a win-win situation: Sports profit from the economy – the economy profits from the top athletes’ successes and know-how. With the ski championships our country has another opportunity after the European Soccer Championship to present itself as an attractive business location which knows how to combine tradition with innovation and progress with environmental protection and security.”

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