Every season, Forum Nordicum, an association of Nordic sports journalists, makes an assessment at each Nordic and Biathlon World Cup venue and awards the honor of the most â€˜media-friendly' World Cup host per discipline. This year's winners in the FIS Nordic disciplines are the two German World Cup venues Willingen – for Ski Jumping – and Klingenthal — for Nordic Combined – along with the Finnish World Cup host city of Lahti for Cross-Country.
The top three in the Nordic categories for the 2007/2008 season were:
Cross-Country: 1st Lahti (FIN), 2nd Canmore (CAN), 3rd Falun (SWE)
Ski Jumping: 1st Willingen (GER), 2nd Val di Fiemme (ITA), 3rd Engelberg (SUI) & Lahti (FIN)
Nordic Combined: 1st Klingenthal (GER), 2nd Val di Fiemme (ITA), 3rd Lahti (FIN)
â€œFirst of all, I would like to congratulate the winners on behalf of Forum Nordicum for their excellent work for the media. We can see that this evaluation helps to develop our working conditions,â€ noted Uwe Jentzsch, Chairman of Forum Nordicum, and added: â€œThe award for the most media-friendly venue should be an incentive and help the hosts continue to improve the working conditions for on-site media in the long-term.â€