The speed skating season on Renon can begin
with the highlight of the allround European Championships
Collalbo, 22 November 2018 - The most important conditions in the Arena Ritten have been fufilled: A few days ago the fast open air track on the South Tyrolean high plateau was covered with a few centimetres of ice. An exciting 2018/19 speed skating season will kick off with the public skating competition on Sunday, 25 November. A season that will culminate in the allround European Championships from 11 to 13 January 2019.
In exactly 50 days the European speed skating Championships start in Collalbo. World stars like Sven Kramer and Ireen Wüst from the Netherlands, Martina Sablikova from Czechia, Vanessa Herzog from Austria or Andrea Giovannini from Italy are expected in the Arena Ritten. These exceptional athletes will not only try to make their mark in the race for European Championship gold, silver and bronze medals - they will also have their eyes on the current records in the Renon track.
The top stars of the speed skating scene will enjoy ideal conditions during their clamour for precious metal. This is guaranteed by Jakob Gamper's busy organizing committee, which has been preparing the event for a year and a half. The ice rink was recently opened for the 2018/19 winter season. Raphael Fink’s team did a tremendous job. “The European Championships are without doubt the absolute highlight of the season. We are proud that following 2007 and 2011, the allround European Championships will be held in Collalbo for the third time. Preparations are in full swing. Now, that it’s finally possible to skate again, our facility comes back to life. Before the European Championships we will be organising two other competitions”, explained Chair of the Organising Committee Jakob Gamper.
Grand Prix and Masters Revival in Collalbo
We are talking about two national competitions. The second stage of the Grand Prix will take place in the Arena Ritten at the beginning of December, before the youth ("primi sprint") and the "young-at-heart" will take part in the 13th edition of the Masters Revival on 15 and 16 December. These two competitions are, as it were, the dress rehearsal for the title fights in mid-January.
But even after the European Championships, the Renon team organizes top-class competitions in the Olympic sport of speed skating. Just one week after the continental championships, the Italian Junior Championships in sprint and mass start will take place. The beginning of February will see the 37th international youth meeting. “As you can see, the fun at the Arena Ritten does not stop. As usual, we try to present ourselves as a courteous host. Of course especially so during the European Championships, but equally also at all the other events," concluded Gamper.
Ticket sales have opened
If you want to be a spectator at the allround European Championships on Renon you can buy day tickets on the platform https://ec2019.ritten.com/at the price of 25 Euros. The event ticket, that permits access on all three days of the competition, is available at 65 Euros. Children up to 6 years watch for free.
These are the all-round European speed skating Championships
European Championships for speed skaters in the combined discipline have a very long history. The men’s competitions have been staged for 127 years since 1891, the women’s since 1970. The European Championships for men and women have been held together at the same venue since 1990. The men’s distances are 500, 1500, 5000 and 10,000 meters, the women run 500, 1500, 3000 and 5000 meters. Defending champions are Sven Kramer and Ireen Wüst from the Netherlands, who won the European Championships in 2017 in Heerenveen in the Netherlands.