The pandemic threatened last season, and the race was held without spectators for the first time with the strictest epidemiological measures. This year as well, the best skiers will compete again without the support of the fans, and there will be no starting numbers in the city center.
2022, the world's best slalom skiers will traditionally start on Zagreb's Sljeme. For the 16th time, Sljeme will host a women's race. The best slalom skiers will fight for points, the crown and the cloak of the Snow Queen on January 4, and the first run will start at 12.30. while the second run of the world's best slalom skiers starts at 16.05.
The best slalom skiers will go down the Sljeme ski trail on January 5, and then the Sljeme slalom king will be crowned for the 13th time. The start of the first run of the men's slalom will be at 15.30, and the second run at 18.40. As in previous years, the Sljeme races will bring together 150 world skiers and more than 400 team members from about 25 countries on 4 continents.
We will be able to see 5 Croatian representatives, 6 skiers (Matej Vidović, Filip Zubčić, Istok Rodeš, Samuel Kolega, Tvrtko Ljutić i Leon Nikić) and 2 skiers (Leona Popović, Zrinka Ljutić and Andrea Komšić). Sljeme ski trail is completely ready for the race, and Croatian skiers, who are already achieving great results this season, are diligently training on the Sljeme ski trail.
For years, Sljeme ski race has one of the highest ratings among FIS Ski World Cup races, and in 2020 the women's Sljeme race is the most watched of all FIS Ski World Cup races in terms of live TV viewing, while the men's race was the 4th most watched.
Every year, both slalom live broadcasts of renowned TV stations in more than 20 countries, while recordings, news and reports travel to about 50 other countries. Thus, the image from Sljeme will once again travel the world and promote Zagreb as a destination, and Croatian sports and athletes globally, contributing to the already powerful sports brand of the Republic of Croatia.
Although it was announced this year, as well as last year, that the Sljeme cable car will take the best skiers in the world to the top, it is still very questionable. 84 gondolas will be able to transport about 1,500 people per hour, and the ride to the top takes about twenty minutes. It would be a great honor, and at the same time a great promotion of another attraction in Zagreb.
There are few who do not know about the Snow Queen and the Snow King and this magnificent world ski race. And for that minority, here is some basic information.
The name for the women's slalom race of the World Ski Cup. It has been held at Zagreb's Sljeme since 2005. The original name of the race is the Golden Bear, which has been renamed in honor to Janica Kostelić. Because of her sport success, this race was awarded to the organization of Croatia and Zagreb. Skiing on the Red track and the trophy which goes to the winner is the crystal crown by the mantle and seats for the throne as queen. Janica Kostelic had the best race in her life at the Snow Queen 2006., winning the 3rd place. She is the first and for the time the only Croat who won the World Cup skiing medal.
The name for the men's slalom race of the World Ski Cup. The race has been held in Sljeme since 2008 and the skiing is also on Red track. Ivica Kostelić has reached the second place for three times, 2008, 2009, and 2011.