It’s no wonder, then, that Innsbruck has had the honour of hosting the Olympic Games on three occasions. In 1964 and 1976 the international élite came together for the Winter Olympics, and the 1st Youth Olympic Winter Games 2012 was a triumph of competitive sport and joyful encounters. A kind of “Senior Olympic Games” is on the cards for 2020 when 3,500 top athletes aged 35 and over will be competing for medals in twelve disciplines at the Winter World Masters Games.

This is why you’ll come across the Olympic legacy wherever you go in the Innsbruck region. At the Olympic Bobsleigh, Luge and Skeleton Track in Innsbruck/Igls, which was completely refurbished in 2007, there are annual World Cup races and international championships in one of the three disciplines. If you fancy racing down the 1,270-metre-long run like a world champion, you’ll have the chance to do so (also in summer) on the “Gästebob guest bobsleigh or the skeleton, and the fearless can opt for the challenge of the wok variant. In addition to the toboggan run, Olympiaworld Innsbruck comprises the Olympiahalle and the Tiroler Wasserkraft Arena, two locations open throughout the year and ideal for major sporting events such as ice hockey, volleyball and climbing - hosting, for example, the 2018 Climbing World Championships.

For ski jumpers the year starts with the traditional Four Hills Tournament and in Innsbruck, every 4 January, thousands of fans set off on a pilgrimage to the Bergisel Stadium where, from the spectacular ski jump designed by prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid, you can enjoy fantastic views of the city and admire the three Olympic flame bowls.

Sport is truly inspirational, which is why it’s no wonder that everyone in the nine ski areas of the Innsbruck region, from toddler to senior, flocks to the ski slopes to enjoy to the full the sunniest and, from a skiing perspective, the most interesting aspects of winter carving, ski touring, snowboarding or freeriding. The Ski Resort Kühtai, the Olympia Park Axamer Lizum, the Freeride Lounge Nordkette and the Stubai Glacier have established themselves as freeride hotspots in recent years. The natural toboggan run provides sledging fun for all the family. Numerous lifts and cable cars in the Innsbruck region, the longest 11 km from the Birgitzer Alm, give you the perfect opportunity to have great fun for free - even at night on flood-lit runs.

Skis in winter, wheels in summer. With 115 km of designated mountain bike trails, the Innsbruck region has an extensive network of trails for both experts and beginners. Now the biggest Gravity Mountain Bike Festival in the world has also found its way to Innsbruck. Crankworx is a must for the international élite of mountain biking who compete in a variety of disciplines. The festival’s character is enhanced by DJs and a Kids Contest. After its successful première in 2017, Bikepark Innsbruck will continue to be at the centre of Crankworx (13-17 June 2018).

The racing bike scene is now discovering the advantages of the Innsbruck region for hosting its top events. The Road Bike World Championships (22-30 September 2018) in Innsbruck will be providing plenty of thrills and spills for the world-class riders and whipping up the enthusiasm of the hundreds of thousands of spectators. But other events, such as the finale of the Tour of the Alps (April 20 2018), are also increasingly drawing the attention of international road cycling to the region.

Climbing in the Innsbruck region? Of course! And of a world class standard. International bouldering and climbing competitions and World and European Championships are repeatedly being held here (2018: IFSC World Climbing Championships, 6-16 September). Olympiaworld Innsbruck and the new Kletterzentrum Innsbruck, one of the largest and most modern climbing centres in the world, provide the stars of the sports with ideal venues. At the International Golden Roof Challenge, which takes place every year (2 June 2018) in front of the magnificent backdrop of the Golden Roof, long jump and pole vault competitors and spectators alike can experience plenty of spine-tingling thrills.

Participants in various running events and the increasingly popular trail runs have to overcome some extreme challenges but can also enjoy an unforgettable experience of nature. The Innsbruck region provides perfect conditions, as demonstrated by the world's highest obstacle course which takes place as part of the XLETIX Challenge in Kühtai (21 July 2018) or the Innsbruck Alpine Trailrun Festival (27/28 April 2018) which, as the first of its kind, launches the Trailrun season.

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