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The Finnish Olympic Committee, Vuokatti Olympic Training Center, Sotkamo Municipality, Kuusamo Town and four Snowboard Federations have signed a contract to establish an Olympic training center of winter sports to Vuokatti and Ruka.
Mika Lehtimäki from Olympic Committee says that the objective is to develop Finnish top-level sports in international competitiveness in the long-term development by efficiently focusing in human and financial resources on Vuokatti-Ruka’s operating environment.
The focus of the new Olympic Training Center is on alpine skiing, biathlon, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and Nordic combined. Tahko’s alpine school in Kuopio, Nilsiä, will also functionally become part of the new Olympic training center.
There will be large investments to Vuokatti and Ruka. These include, among others, financial investment, construction, employees and investments to the training facilites.
The CEO of Vuokatti Sport Veikko Halonen emphasizes in the continuous development of the training facilities.
”The cooperation agreed by the federations will ensure that Vuokatti’s training conditions will continue to develop. Our goal is to be one of the world’s leading training centers for winter sports and it requires constant renewal even in training conditions. We can only develop them through joint decisions,”
On Wednesday 27.6. Vuokatti Sport and Sports Ministry of the People’s Republic of China have signed a major 1+3 year contract. The cooperation project will permanently bring up to 150 Chinese winter sports athletes to Vuokatti.
The Academy is a natural extension to the cooperation initiated in 2016. The current project has brought Chinese winter athletes to Vuokatti in 2017. Athletes are training for Beijing Olympic Winter Games 2022.
Hong Ping head of the Chinese Sports Ministry of winter sports visited Vuokatti recently. Sports Ministry has a desire to build winter sports strongly to China and they were convinced of Vuokatti’s facilities and knowledge for winter sports.
Vuokatti Sport organizes the athletes everything they need for training, teaching and daily life. The impact of this project is significant.
Plenty of snow fall has been cut trees on the tracks. Please be careful when skiing down hills up to Vaara track. Our maintenance department will take them away as soon as they get it.
From Wednesday 13th at noon until Sunday 17th afternoon ski trails in “Alamaasto” are reserved for athletes completion on weekend. There will be more than 400 skiers participating event at Vuokatti. Competition venue is located close to Vuokattihalli building beside the ski jumping hills at Tekniikkarinne. For safety reasons recreational skiers will be kindly asked to use other ski tracks during this week .For example ski Tracks towards Vuokattii hills (Heikkilä ) or towards Katinkulta Holday resort.
You will find a map of competition courses at http://vuokattievents.fi/alue—-reittikartat—area-and-maps