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Alpine World Cup slalom on Hammarbybacken in 2016

In order to be able to host a world-class skiing event very close to the capital, Sweden says it will stage the Alpine World Cup slalom race in 2016 on a man-made slope built on a former rubbish dump.

Sweden will be hosting the ‘parallel slalom’ event for the first time, with the action taking place on the Hammarbybacken ski slope in Stockholm’s southern suburbs, the country’s ski federation says.

There are not many hills around the Swedish capital, but the world’s top slalom skiers will compete at Hammarbybacken on 2 February 2016, watched by 15,000 to 25,000 spectators. The news may bring comfort to fans disappointed when Stockholm fell out of the bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in January.

Swedish World Cup Alpine ski star Mattias Hargin: “For me it’s a dream to compete at home in Stockholm. Parallel slalom is very special, one of the most enjoyable races.”

The Local

[image courtesy skistar.com]

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