For now the FIS Grand Prix in Courchevel will be
the last l event carried out with the new competition
This format, which was recently tested in Einsiedeln
and Wisla and might be used for the ski flying events
in winter, will still apply for the competition
in France on Friday, the next FIS Grand Prix in
Hakuba (August 23rd and 24th) will be held with
the usual World Cup system.
"We have then collected enough data in Wisla,
Einsiedeln and Courchevel to discuss this issue
with the FIS Coordination Board. That's why we will
return to the old format for Hakuba and Almaty.
It will also give us the chance to eventually make
adjustments for the rest of the competitions",
race director Walter Hofer told Berkutschi.
Among other reasons, also technical problems concerning
the graphic display on TV and at the hill were a
factor in this decision. "If the points scored
in the qualification the day before also count for
the competition then it's not that up-to-date anymore
and, compared to usual standards, we also lose information
systems in the first competition round, for example
we can't use the "to-beat"-line",
the Austrian explains.
Whether or not the new format will be used for the
ski flying events in the upcoming winter will be
decided at the FIS meetings in fall.