27 nations announced they would be sending a total of 170 athletes the event. A few comebacks should occur during the weekend in Levi as some previously injured athletes plan to come back to competition in Levi. The biggest Finnish alpine star Tanja Poutiainen will compete at Levi Black, her home racecourse, but also Austrian Marlies Schild and German Suzanne Riesch and French Julien Lizeroux confirmed they will be competing in Levi after being off the Tour for extended periods of time due to injuries.