Poland’s second biggest city doesn’t claim to be an
winter sports destination per se. Nevertheless Krakow in some way is the gateway
to the northernmost Carpathians, Poland’s Beskidy and
Tatry mountains, dotted
with ski resorts. And its winter sports credentials are as good - or better - as
such Winter Olympics hosts as Italy’s Turin or Russia’s Sochi. At least Krakow’s
native ice hockey team, Cracovia, has recently managed to become the country’s
Krakow’s bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022 has
gained support of the Polish government together with required guarantees. Also
the Slovakian government has backed the Krakow candidature as competition in
some disciplines are planned to take place in Slovakian namely the Jasna ski
If successful, in 2022 Krakow will host both the XXIV
Winter Olympic Games and the XIII Winter Paralympics. The rival applicants are
still Norway’s Oslo, Kazakhstan’s Almaty, Ukraine’s Lviv, and
Sweden’s Stockholm has dropped its bid in January 2014.
Krakow Arena can seat some 15,000 at an ice hockey match.
Proposed locations of the Krakow Olympics
The opening and closing ceremonies will be organized in
the city of Krakow. Winter Olympic disciplines are to be allocated among
three areas called ‘zones’, two of them in Poland (Krakow Zone and
Tatry-Zakopane Zone), and the third one in Slovakia (Tatry-Jasna Zone). Hockey
tournaments as well as other ice disciplines - figure skating, speed skating,
short track speed skating, and curling - will take place in the Krakow Zone as
well as bobsleighs, luge, and skeleton (a brand-new sliding
center being planned in the city of Myslenice 30 kilometers
south of Krakow).
Slovakia’s Tatry-Jasna Zone will get alpine skiing. Other sports will be
competed in the Tatry-Zakopane Zone.
Accordingly, the participants will live in three
Olympic Villages situated in Krakow, in the town of
Zakopane, and in Slovakia’s
town of Liptovsky Mikulas.
Wisla Krakow football arena next to the city's vast Blonia
common may be turned into a venue for women's ice hockey.