The Olympia delle Tofane slope capital of inclusivity for one week

The Women’s World Cup and the Paralympic Alpine Ski World Cup will take place seamlessly from January 26 to February 2, ensuring equal technical conditions and services for all participating athletes.
The Rumerlo Finish Area will also be equipped to ensure full accessibility for all.
Luca Pancalli, president of the Italian Paralympic Committee: “This initiative reiterates that sport is one for all and that sporting passion knows no difference”

Cortina d’Ampezzo, December 2, 2023Cortina sNOw DIFFERENCE. This is the slogan that will adorn the bibs of athletes competing on the Olympia delle Tofane during the Women’s Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and the FIS Para Alpine Ski World Cup from January to February. A word pun that aims to be not just a slogan but a tangible representation of how Cortina d’Ampezzo, hosting both the Olympics and Paralympics in 2026, is becoming increasingly inclusive

No difference on the snow, or if you prefer, snow without differences. A claim, a slogan, a hope that the Fondazione Cortina “launches” on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, and that will become a reality from January 26 to February 2. Two events, organized by Fondazione Cortina, that will take place seamlessly on the same track, the Olympia delle Tofane, one of the most iconic slopes in world skiing.

The Cortina Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup boasts a decades-long tradition: the event on Olympia delle Tofane on January 26 2024, will be the one-hundredth race of the Women’s World Cup in Ampezzo. A number, 100, that attests to the bond between the World Cup and Cortina. The first-ever World Cup race on Olympia was in the 1974-1975 racing season. It was on December 12 1974, that a downhill race took place at the foot of the Tofane; the one who outshone all competitors was not just any athlete, but one of the most prominent figures in skiing history, Anne Marie Moser – Pröll, the Austrian who in her career secured an Olympic gold and two silvers, five golds, two silvers, and two bronzes at the World Championships, six overall World Cup titles, seven downhill titles, and three giant slalom titles, along with sixty-two victories in the World Cup. Numbers that, like the 100th race, leave an impression.

A story characterized by great numbers and great champions” emphasizes Stefano Longo, president of the Fondazione Cortina, “to give an idea of what the Cortina Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup has been and is, we must remember, alongside the 99 women’s Cup races held so far, the races of the 1932 World Championships and the 1956 Olympics, and more recently, the men’s World Cup races and the 2021 World Championships. These are events and numbers that testify to a great tradition. Alpine skiing and the World Cup are important assets for Cortina and the entire Belluno area and Veneto region, a living, dynamic heritage made up of people, knowledge, professionalism, and passion. For the events next January, we have been working for a long time, determined to ensure that, once again, the Olympia delle Tofane guarantees the maximum excitement of women’s speed skiing in line with a history of which we are proud.

Paralympic skiing in Cortina, on the other hand, is a recent discovery. It debuted at the foot of the Tofane in the 2022-2023 winter season with the Snowboardcross World Cup on the San Zan track in Socrepes, and in mid-March with the finals of the Alpine Ski World Cup on the Olympia. After making its debut last year, Fondazione Cortina is now replicating, with commitment and enthusiasm drawn from the positive experience of the past months.

The feedback for the two 2023 events was very positive, also thanks to the many synergies activated in the area,” emphasizes president Stefano Longo. “It was an important first step toward the appointment with the 2026 Paralympics, both technically and culturally. This year, we want to relaunch, conveying a message, Cortina sNOw DIFFERENCE, which increasingly must become shared heritage.

This initiative promoted by Fondazione Cortina goes in the direction hoped for many times and for which we have been working with great commitment in recent years: to reiterate that sport is one for all and that sporting passion knows no difference. The choice to send this message on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is also important, to affirm once again that sport can break down physical and cultural barriers. This is the best way to approach the Milano-Cortina 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the global event that we hope will leave a significant legacy, capable of contributing, on the issues of inclusion, to the social and civil growth of our country” stated Luca Pancalli, president of the Italian Paralympic Committee.

Fondazione Cortina is paying close attention to the design of the stadium at the Rumerlo Finish Area, aiming to ensure full usability of spaces and services for everyone, regardless of age, physical condition, or any special needs. In particular, for wheelchair users, a dedicated transport system will be provided, with the possibility of using the standing area through paths equipped with special plastic platforms.

The Cortina Audi FIS Ski World Cup 2024 races will take place from Friday, January 26, to Sunday, January 28: on Friday, there will be a Downhill race, on Saturday, another Downhill, and on Sunday, a Super-G. As for the FIS Para Alpine Ski World Cup, there will be two Super-G races (January 30 and 31) and two Slalom races (February 1 and 2).

Tickets for the Audi FIS Cortina Ski World Cup 2024 can be purchased on the website Various participation options are available: Parterre, Tribune and the new Sparkling Corner. In addition to Tofana Lounge and the World Cup Experience.

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