Sochi, Russia. Today, on February 24, an individual race in ski mountaineering, at the “Rosa Khutor” alpine skiing center within the 3rd Winter Military World Games, was completed.

In the standings for men, representatives of the military sports from Russia, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Germany and France held medal events.

Alexis Sevennec (France) became the champion. A heavy snowfall and waiting for the start delayed due to weather conditions did not prevent him from becoming the first in this competition.

“Everything is fine, because I won the race!” Alexis Sevennec said in an interview immediately after the finish. “It is my third time participating in the Winter Military World Games. I was sure that I would become a champion, because four years ago, at the Games in France, I won the gold medal. But then we shared the first place with the Italian athlete Matteo Eydallin. And our team won the team race.”

The French ski mountaineer said that he had never performed at competitions in Sochi. “It was the first time I had to run a route in the Caucasus Mountains. It was very difficult today due to the snowfall, but I believe that it was really a beautiful race. I got the pleasure of competitions here.”

The athlete shared his impressions about the Games: “I have not yet seen Sochi, but I look forward to the Opening Ceremony and want to see this wonderful and amazing city about which we heard a lot during the Olympic Games 2014.” He also thanked the organizers of the competitions: “Thanks, Sochi!” — Alexis Sevennec uttered the final phrase in Russian.

Contact information:

Press center of the 3rd CISM World Winter Games — 2017

Coordinator: Alesya Rozanova

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FOR REFERENCE:

The 3rd Winter Military World Games will be held from February 22 to February 28, 2017 in Sochi. It is expected that during the Games, 44 sets of medals will be awarded in the individual and team competitions. The sports program will consist of seven sports: biathlon, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, orienteering on skis, ski-mountaineering, sports rock-climbing indoors, short track.

The Opening Ceremony of the Games will be held on February 24, 2017 on the basis of the multifunctional sport arena “Ice Cube.”

The Winter Military World Games are a multi-sport event organized for military athletes once in four years. The Summer Military World Games has been held since 1995, and the Winter Games — since 2010. During this time, six Military Summer Olympic Games and two Military Winter Olympic Games were conducted, in 2010 in Aosta (Italy) and in 2013 in Annecy (France). Russia got the right to host the 3rd Winter Military World Games in 2017, at the 70th General Assembly of the International Military Sports Council (CISM) held on May 22, 2015 in Kuwait.

As of today, the International Military Sports Council (CISM) is the largest sports organization after the International Olympic Committee and the International University Sports Federation. Its main purpose is to establish communications between the armed forces of different countries in the field of sports and physical education.