This directs even more light towards the RAW AIR final in Vikersund.
– As the World Cup in ski jump has evolved, maybe only once in the last 20 years has the World Cup final been held another place than Planica. Now, when Vikersund and Norway get this opportunity, I hope and believe we can show that we really truly are a good substitute for this fantastic event our friends in Slovenia so gracefully arranges each year and that we have been so fortunate to experience, says the Norwegian Ski jumping chief Clas Brede Bråthen.
– The prerequisites are at an all-time high this year. With both RAW AIR finals and World Cup finals, not to mention with the world’s largest hill and hopefully Norwegian ski jumpers ready to fight for individual victories and overall wins, we hope to really show everyone who has an interest in the sport, both home and abroad, that we live out our vision “We want to be the most important ski jumping nation in the world”, says the Ski jumping chief Clas Brede Bråthen.
Normally the World Cup final are held in Slovenian Planica, but for the upcoming season this has changed due to the World Championship in Ski flying which are held in Planica the following week. Therefore, next year’s World Cup final will happen on Norwegian soil.
– It definitely adds pressure on RAW AIR that we have the World Cup final in Vikersund. For me as a Buskerud- ski jumper it’s extra special to finish on my home turf in a facility I have known since I was little, says Daniel-André Tande.
The Norwegian Ski Federation and the four event hosts are hoping for 10 days of joy and excitement with full stands.
– We have an ambitious goal. We want to reach 100 000 spectators during the tournament. There’s a lot at stake for the Norwegian Ski jumpers during RAW AIR 2020, and that’s something I hope and believe that the audience will appreciate. Two years ago, the numbers were at an all-time high with 94 000 spectators on the stands during the tournament. Last year we know for a fact that the numbers went down. We had some bad conditions that had a negative effect. Ahead of the fourth edition of RAW AIR, and on top of that, the World Cup final, we have noticed a tremendous interest. We are looking forward to what we believe will be the best edition of the world’s most intense and extreme ski jump tournament, ever, says Terje Lund, event manager in the Norwegian Ski Federation.
RAW AIR is set to start in Holmenkollen March 6, 2020.