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Oslo will host the 2011 Nordic world ski championships

The cheering hit the roof when FIS awarded Oslo the Nordic world ski championships in 2011. Oslo and the Holmenkollen arena have hosted the world championships twice before, but before the next round the facility will undergo a full facelift.

"We are now back in the international spotlight," said Oslo's mayor Ditlev Simonsen to the newspaper Aftenposten. Oslo received 12 out of a total of 16 votes.

The Holmenkollen arena where the world championships were held in 1966, and most recently in 1982, does not meet the standards for world championship arenas as set by the International Ski Federation (FIS). It's therefore scheduled for a major reconstruction, including a new ski jump, and an upgrading of the cross country stadium and courses. The Norwegian athletes are excited to participate in a world championship in local surroundings.

"This is something I really hoped would happen. It will probably be an extraordinary experience to participate in such a big championship at home. This really motivates me to keep going until 2011," said Norwegian cross country skier Marit Bjørgen to the newspaper Dagbladet.

The voting took place at FIS's 45th annual congress in Vilamora, Portugal on 25 May. Oslo competed against Val di Fiemme in Italy and Zakopana in Poland. 

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Holmenkollen is a frequently used arena, but before the world championships in 2011, the facility has to undergo major reconstruction to meet FIS standards. This picture shows how the new ski jump might look.Photo: Jan Greve/ Scanpix/ØKAW Architects