FIS World Cup Crystal Globes
History will be made at Ski Tour Canada 2016 as the fabled Crystal Globes will be awarded outside of Europe for the first time to the overall FIS World Cup series winners as the season wraps in Canmore, Alta. on March 12.
The first World Cup Globe was produced in 1987 and the prestigious trophies have been manufactured solely for International Ski Federation by the JOSKA company in Bodemais, Germany. Globes will be awarded to the best overall, top distance and top sprint skiers, and during the competitions at Ski Tour Canada, the current leaders of each discipline will wear special yellow or red bibs.
The U.S.A.'S Kikkan Randall was the first North American to win a Crystal Globe for capturing the overall Sprint Cup in 2012, which she defended for the next two consecutive seasons. Norway's Marit Bjoergen is the first skier to win all three Globes – overall, distance, sprint – twice in her career.
The production time of each World Cup trophy spans two days, with each Globe being formed out of a 1,200° mass of glowing molten glass, which is then shaped by expert glassblowers into the raw form of what will become the beautiful trophy.
Though identical in design, the small and big trophies differ in weight – 3.2kg small trophy and 7.4kg large trophy – and value (CHF 2'500 per small trophy and CHF 5'000 per large trophy). To date, more than 1,700 World Cup Globes have been produced.