FIS cross-country World Cup Otepää stage can be watched via Postimees, Kanal 2 this winter

22.11.2016

The world's best cross-country skiers will compete in Estonia once again on February 18-19, 2017. In addition to freestyle sprint events, classic interval start races are to take place which are the favorite events of Estonians. In 2017, Estonian viewers will be able to see competitors ski up the famous Tehvandi rise again after several years.

On TV, the Estonian audience will be able to watch the cross-country skiing World Cup on Postimees, Kanal 2 and Kanal 12.

The main organizer of the Otepää stage, Jaak Mae, said many of the world's top skiers are to take part in the competition in South Estonia this time.

"The Otepää Word Cup stage is influenced positively by the Nordic world ski championships in Lahti, which will start less than a week after our competition. This means that for many teams the Otepää World Cup stage will be the last opportunity to test and fine-tune their form and choose the athletes who will represent their country at the Lahti World Championships. This ensures that the best skiers will compete here," Mae said.

He said that in February, the winter capital of Estonia will see world-class competition as many athletes have timed their form to reach its peak at the end of February and there will be a heated competition. 

Many national teams also will use the Otepää Word Cup stage as the final stopover before heading to Finland. Since the conditions are very similar, Otepää provides a comfortable venue to make final preparations. The teams of the United States, Sweden, Australia and Poland, for instance, have already informed about their wish to do it.

On TV, the Estonian audience can watch the FIS cross-country skiing World Cup on Postimees, Kanal 2 and Kanal 12. Kanal 12 will broadcast 10 races of World Cup stages in the upcoming season, the first of which is the opening stage at Ruka to be held on November 26–27. Next on the list is Tour de Ski at the beginning of January, while the season will definitely reach its culmination in the World Cup home stage at Otepää all races of which will be broadcast live on Kanal 2.

"Skiing has been a sport close to the heart of Estonians through the ages and the biggest media group of the Baltics, Eesti Meedia, will make its contribution to preventing skiing from disappearing completely from our television screens," said Marko Kaljuveer, executive producer and head of sports programming at Eesti Meedia. "While we do expect good results from the new season, the Otepää World Cup stage also will do a very good job promoting Estonia."

A World Cup stage in cross-country skiing has been held in Otepää on 13 occasions so far. It is the top winter sports event of the year in Estonia that is broadcast to tens of millions of viewers all over the world on television.

Source: Postimees