World’s leading Olympic Training Center for winter sports is launched at Vuokatti and Ruka
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,”