As many as 46 female athletes from Japan, Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Norway, Austria, France, Italy, the USA, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Finland and Romania have registered to compete in the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies Rasnov 2014 competition, which will take place as a first in Romania, March 1-2, at the ski jumping complex of Rasnov, Brasov County, central Romania.
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Worth mentioning among the registered athletes is current Olympic Champion, Germany's Carina Vogt (22 years), Japanese Sara Takanashi, 17, who holds the World Cup victory record, and Austrian Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, 31, the first jumper to have jumped beyond the 200-metre mark and who won 13 times in World Cup competitions.
Representing Romania in the competition is Dana Haralambie, 16, a member of the ski jumping national team, endorsed under the OMV Move&Jump programme.
The athletes will compete on the 100-m hill, the highest of the Rasnov facility. The competition will include two rounds, with the top 30 athletes in the first round having the right to take the start in the second round.
Rasnov Mayor Adrian Vestea on Wednesday told a press conference, organised on the occasion of the Ski Jumping World Cup, that he was very content with the organisation of this very important competition, extremely important to the Romanian sports and to the town of Rasnov, as worldwide sports destination.
Vestea also said that the town hall would grant the amount of 36,000 euros of its own budget for prize pool. Prizes will start at 7,000 euros for the first place and will be awarded up to the 15th place, the prize of which will be 500 euros.
The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies Rasnov 2014 competition is organised by the Romanian Ski-Biathlon Federation (FRSB), under the aegis of the International Ski Federation (FIS), with the endorsement of OMV Petrom, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the town hall of Rasnov. The World Cup will be broadcast by TVR 1, as well as by Eurosport, but also by television channels from Germany, Austria and Norway, the organisers pointed out.AGERPRES