FIS XC Ski World Cup Fi­nals Re­turn to Que­bec City

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For three days this past March, 60,000 peo­ple flocked to the Plains of Abra­ham in Que­bec City, Que. to watch the FIS Cross-coun­try World Cup Fi­nals, and it was voted the top stop on the World Cup cir­cuit. And, good news for Nordic ski fans, as the FIS (In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tion) an­nounced the com­pe­ti­tion will re­turn to the city in March of 2019 as well as 2020.

“It's a huge step for­ward for Que­bec City to ce­ment its place on the cal­en­dar for two years in a row, said Pierre Mignerey, FIS race di­rec­tor. “We should stress though that the en­tire race cal­en­dars for both years are sub­ject to FIS Coun­cil ap­proval this Novem­ber.”

The 2019 com­pe­ti­tion will fol­low the same for­mula as the 2017 event, but the for­mat for 2020 has yet to be de­ter­mined.

In 2017, Cana­dian skier Alex Har­vey won gold in the sprint com­pe­ti­tion in front of an en­thu­si­as­tic home crowd. Upon hear­ing the news, he hinted that home turf in 2019 might turn into some­thing of a re­tire­ment party.

“My plans are to stay on the World Cup cir­cuit un­til the end of the 2018-2019 sea­son. It would truly be an hon­our for me to wrap up my ca­reer here in Que­bec City. In fact, I could never dream of a bet­ter sce­nario,” said Har­vey.

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