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FIS Masters Cup
The first FIS Masters Cup, Alpine Skiing World Cup Masters category for over 30’s, took place in 1964 in Schwaz, near Innsbruck, Austria. 70 competitors took part in the first race, which was classified as Veterans’ Class. Since then over 35 thousand competitors have passed through the starting gate of the Masters, the competition having been renamed in 1984. The competitors have included the current president of FIS Gian Franco Kasper and long-time chairman of the FIS Masters subcommittee Harald Herbert. Czech competitors have also left an indelible mark on the competition having won a number of competitions, Miroslav Rycek and Andrea Cervena were the overall winners of the FMC in their categories in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Just as the number of active competitors in the Masters category has grown, the number of races has also grown. Now the competition takes place on three continents having expanded from Europe to North and South America. The Masters season begins in September with two weekend races in Chile and continues from mid-December every weekend in the Alps in Europe with one weekend in North America until early April. A total of 35 races per ski season are counted by the FMC.
In December 2001, FMC races were held in Špindlerův Mlýn, Czech Republic, marking the first time the competition in Europe was staged outside the Alps. Two seasons later, in February 2004, the competition returned to the Czech Republic, this time to Liberec. Every season since then, with one exception due to lack of snow, the competition has returned to the Czech Republic. Only in 2008 the races took place in Pec pod Sněžkou instead of Liberec. Last season in March 2014, the Czech Republic welcomed nearly 200 competitors from 17 countries.
The FIS Masters Cup is not only about skiing and racing: the social aspect of these events is equally important. The competition is not just about gauging your own current performance: regularly meeting fellow competitors, exchanging experiences, maintaining friendships ... and also discovering new countries and their ski resorts are all an inseparable part of the Masters. Therefore, the races are popular not only with "local" businessmen, but also politicians on regional and national levels. The Minister for Regional Development, Governor of the Hradec Kralové region and the Mayors of Pec pod Sněžkou and Trutnov regularly support the competition often by attending the awards ceremony on the Saturday of the weekend races. We also regularly cooperate with the Czech state agency for promoting inbound tourism, Czech Tourism.