The organisers of the women's alpine skiing World Cup in Jasná have been working for many months to prepare a prestigious event of international significance, and this effort is beginning to pay off. Although the competitions for points will not take place until 6 and 7 March, there are already many competitors under Chopok and they praise the readiness of the area, including the training slope.
"The feelings from the first training day are excellent so far, the evaluation is also good. Some people maybe think the slope is too hard but most are very happy with it. Everyone found excellent conditions on the training hill here, which is not a matter of course at the World Cup. We are looking forward to the good weather and I believe that it will all last until the end of the week. The sun adds good mood and a feeling of happiness to everyone," said Jana Palovičová, the sports director of the race.
On Tuesday, competitors from Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Japan, Croatia, Poland and New Zealand were training on the slopes in Jasná. "They trained both giant slalom and slalom. Slovenia and Poland were in the giant slalom section, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and Croatia practiced slalom. They shared out," Palovičová informed. Slovak Petra Vlhová skipped training on the hill on Tuesday and focused on the fitness training. However, she will also be on the slope on Wednesday.
Positive reactions are the best testimony for Michal Mrázik, who is responsible for the course preparation. "We are very satisfied. From our point of view, the trainings went well and the feedback from the competitors is excellent. There are only positives. The training hill is prepared, hard. We tried not to make it too hard," said Mrázik on Tuesday's training. He also added information about the competition hill: "Now, it is after the preparation, now, we leave it for a day or two. Then we will start working on it intensively."
Since Petra Vlhová will also come to the slope on Wednesday, the organisers were interested in any special needs of the elite Slovak. "We are in contact with her team, nothing special is needed. We will see each other on the hill on Wednesday morning," added Michal Mrázik.