FIS XC Ski World Cup Finals Return to Quebec City
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.