Four years planning the biggest event to be hosted in twenty years at the Sierra Nevada resort has been the principal focus of the Andalusian Winter Sports Federation (FADI), based in Granada. Today, The Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships reach their final conclusion. The International Skiing Federation (FIS) and the Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation (RFEDI) are principally responsibility for events like these, but in Spain’s case, it’s the regional federations who play a key role in the technical management of certain events. An arduous task requiring the mobilisation of countless people.
Just calculating those working alongside the pistes for each competition, there have been around 40 people coordinated by FADI, plus over 150 volunteers working in various tasks during the last two weeks. The end results have been more than satisfactory, despite long working days starting at 6am and often ending with the last staff member leaving the race office at 3am.
Two-thirds of all staff are provided by FADI. Leading overall coordination was José Manuel Huertas, vice-president of the institution, assisted by Competition director Carolina Ruíz and Technical secretary, Francisco Vincente, plus medical services chief, Carlos Melero.
Former World Cup alpine Skier, Carolina Ruiz competed at World Championships and Winter Olympics, but coordinating competitions and numerous departments for the first time, explained «It’s been a lovely experience, intense, many long days and many different events, but I’ve enjoyed it. I know how important it is for international events to run smoothly. It’s been a success.»