The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and World Para Alpine Skiing have announced on Monday, 27 November, the most extensive coverage ever of the upcoming World Para Alpine Skiing World Cups, with all seven competitions in the 2017-18 season to be live streamed for the first time.
The 2018 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup begins in St Moritz, Switzerland, with the first competition live on 13 December 2017. The season ends in Kimberley, Canada, in February 2018 with the World Cup Finals, the last major competition before the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
A dedicated website has been created for the 2018 World Cup featuring news, daily video highlights, video interviews and live results from all events. The World Cup will be live streamed with English commentary on the website, the IPC’s YouTube channel and the World Para Alpine Skiing Facebook page.
Broadcasters from traditional snow sport nations such as Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan and USA have already expressed interest in the production package from the events to build it into their coverage leading up to PyeongChang.
Czech production company Playo TV has been appointed as host broadcaster for the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup. They will provide the live stream and all video highlights of the competition.
Social media will showcase daily highlights videos, end of event World Cup standings graphic and Wow videos with clips of key moments will be posted on the World Para Alpine Skiing Facebook and Twitter accounts. In addition, athletes’ reaction and behind the scenes photos and videos will be available on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Head of IPC Snow Sports Dimitrije Lazarovski said: “The 2018 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup will give the athletes the opportunity to showcase their talent to the whole world. With the Paralympic Winter Games coming in March, this is going to be one of the best seasons ever and I am sure all those following the competition will enjoy some amazing performances.”
“We would like to thank the Local Organising Committees, Playo TV and all our partners for working together with us to deliver the 2018 World Cup.”
IPC Commercial & Marketing Director Alexis Schäfer said: “We are extremely happy to announce the plans for the 2018 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup. We have continuously improved our broadcasting production for IPC sports year after year and now, with the support of Playo TV, we will offer to broadcasters the best coverage for Alpine Skiing to date.”
“This is the season of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and there could be no better way to launch this new broadcast initiative. The coverage will allow us to promote the sport and athletes like never before to a global audience. We are also very happy with the response we have received from our broadcast partners and their interest in the 2018 World Cup.”
The 2018 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup season:
11-16 December 2017: St Moritz, Switzerland
19-22 December 2017: Kuhtai, Austria
8-9 January 2018: Zagreb-Sljeme, Croatia
11-12 January 2018: Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
15-18 January 2018: Veysonnaz, Switzerland
21-26 January 2018: Tignes, France
7-11 February 2018: Kimberley, Canada
You can visit the official website of the 2018 World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup here.