Munich 2018 is to showcase a key venue in its bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. In a press release Munich 2018 says it will showcase Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s state-of-the art facilities on New Year’s day when it hosts the world’s leading ski jumpers in the second event of this season’s prestigious Four Hills Tournament.
The Four Hills event has been staged since 1949 and now attracts more than 25,000 spectators with 7.6 million national TV viewers.
In Munich’s 2018 bid Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the venue for the Alpine and Nordic events.
Willy Bogner, CEO of Munich 2018 said, “Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s combination of a new, ultra-modern ski-jump facility and Bavaria’s famous friendly hospitality is what attracts so many winter sport enthusiasts each year. We are confident that Garmisch-Partenkirchen is ready for a Munich winter Games in 2018”.
He added, “the bid committee has developed a comprehensive environmental concept which is designed to set new standards for the Games”.
The Games concept is based on sustainability and the short distances between innovative sports venues and its environmentally friendly Olympic Villages in Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, said the press release. Ice sport will be staged in Munich while Alpine and Nordic events will be in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The all-weather ice track at Koenigssee will be used.
Munich 2018 says its full technical plan will be revealed for the first time on March 15 with the submission of the Applicant City File to the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne.