Jasná ski resort has always been a centre where recreational skiing was encountered with the race. The center, where conditions have been created for the development of winter tourism, but also for the organization of sports events and training for ski clubs, and representation. The main idea of the candidacy for the WJCH 2014 was to bring back top events in Jasná. Allocation of such an event is the result of great work having done by a lot of people from the resort of Jasná and from the Slovak Ski Association, major investments in ski infrastructure, and especially in sports diplomacy. The fact that the FIS, an International Ski Federation decided to choose the Jasná ski resort is the proof, that this work and investments make sense.
During the candidacy as well as after the confirmation that Jasná will be an organizer of the WJCH, European Cups, which were test events and should verify readiness of the ski resort and organizers, were taking place on the Chopok Mt. In last five years you had a possibility to see European leaders in all disciplines on the hillsides of Chopok, including the royal discipline, the downhill. Although, the events are just a fragment of all that a successful organizer of the WJCH has to manage, the quality bar was set high. It was also confirmed by the FIS, when in 2011 and 2012 the federation prized Jasná the one of the best European Cup organizers.
More than hundred people have worked on the slopes. For example during the preparatory work for the downhill, more than 13 km of safety nets were built by technicians and during the race they sprayed almost 30 km of guidance lines.
Jasná has had the place in the map of world skiing since time immemorial. A 75-year tradition in organizing the Grand Prix of Demänovská caves is an imposing and binding heritage. There are not a lot of events with such a rich history in the world. For example, a famous downhill race in Wengena is only 9 years older and an iconic Kitzbühel´s Hahnenkamm is even one year younger. Eleven European Cups, two World Winter Universiades, one European Junior Championships, one World Junior Championships, and three World Cups have been taken in Jasná by now.
There is an opportunity to follow the rich tradition and continue in times when skiers like Ingemar Stenmark, Mehr brothers, Patrik Ortlieb, Paul Accola, Erika Hess, and Anita Wachter were competing on the Chopok´s hillsides.
Thanks to the organizing quota (which is 2 times higher than the normal quota) a large number of Slovak juniors will participate in domestic championships. Martin Bendík, Matej Falat and Adreas Žampa who have already had experiences in junior championships as well as in European and World Cups, will be our hottest irons in the fire in the men´s category. Among JUNIORS our biggest favourite in the slalom will be Petra Vlhová, the winner of the Youth Olympic Games, who grew up on the slopes of Jasná. Petra has one medal from the Junior World Championships in Italian Roccaraso, where she won the third place in the slalom two years ago. Last year she missed out on a medal in Quebec by a few hundredths of a second.
Our budding skiers, however, also have another goal. Perhaps, the successful organization of the WJCH will contribute to the fact that the FIS will definitely confirm the Jasná ski resort to be the organizer of the World Cup.