Quebec’s dream of hosting Winter Olympics suffers major setback

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 13, 2010 5:05 pm

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has once again rejected Quebec City’s proposed Olympic downhill course at Le Massif ski resort.

FIS course designer Bernard Russi rejected the mountain for Quebec’s 2002 Olympic bid because it didn’t meet requirements for an Olympic downhill race.  The federation’s top course designer says despite solutions offered by local organizers, the course is still too flat to host an Olympic-level race.  

Two weeks ago he visited the Mont à Ligouri course in the Charlevoix region after a group of local organizers called Équipe Québec said they had come up with a solution.  But Monday Federation president Gian Franco Kasper said the course is still not suitable for an elite-level race.

This most recent rejection is a significant setback for Quebec’s hopes of hosting the winter Olympics.

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