FIS World Cup Crys­tal Globes

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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.

Martin John­srud Sundby (NOR) Marit Bjo­er­gen (NOR)

Kikkan Ran­dall (USA)

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