Lukas Bauer, Alex Harvey, Jessica Higgins – it’ll be a star-studded event on the track of Hellner Stadium when the ski season begins again in early November.
Five national teams, including the US, Canada, and the Czech Republic, have chosen Gällivare as their training grounds for world cup season. The teams will spend most of November at the training camp in Dundret, and will take part in the Gällivare Premiere on the 21st and 22nd of November.
“The stage is set for a truly world class premiere competition,” says Stefan Nieminen, Sport Event Gällivare’s director. “As of now, we have at least four World Championship medalists and about 40 World Cup participants signed up, which feels fantastic.”
Ski Camp Gällivare has scheduled the season premiere for November 1st, and during that first week the national teams will start to converge in Gällivare for training. First up are Canada and the Czech Republic, who will repeat their approach from last season.
“Our success at the World Championships in Falun proved that our training in Gällivare was very effective,” says Luke Sacher, the Czech head coach. “We’re really looking forward to coming back again.”
The USA, with their surprise medals during the previous World Championships, are following in Canada’s footsteps and bringing the entire team to Gällivare. Poland and Slovakia have also registered their teams for the training camp.
The Gällivare premiere, which will finish off the training camp period at Dundret, will have the same format as Ruka in Finland. It will take place on the last weekend of November, and is open to both juniors and seniors.