Monday, July 7, 2014

Hannes Reichelt and Felix Neureuther Presented with Kitzbuehel Gondolas

It has been a busy two Saturdays for Kitzbühel. On the 28th of June 2014 Hahnenkamm Downhill winner Hannes Reichelt attended the presentation of the gondola named in his honor. While on the 5th July it was Felix Neureuther’s turn to attend the presentation of the gondola he earned by winning the 2014 slalom race.
Over 180 friends and acquaintances accompanied Hannes Reichelt to Kitzbühel. The surprise couldn’t have been better for Reichelt, with the Radstadt Town Band, SC Radstadt junior team, town mayor and former ski racers, Andi Schifferer and Günther Mader in attendance. President of the Salzburg Ski Assoc, Bartl Gensbichler and the Reichelt Family also joined the festivities. Hannes Reichelt’s grandmother in particular wanted to join him at the Start Hut.
Representatives on behalf of Kitzbühel included K.S.C. President, Michael Huber (who is also Chairman of the HKR Organizing Committee), Race Director Peter Obernauer, the Mayor of Kitzbühel, Klaus Winkler, Cable Car Co Chief, Josef Burger as well as ski legends, Ernst Hinterseer, Hias Leitner and Fritz Huber (all members of the "Wonder Team"). The winner of Hahnenkamm 2014 was overwhelmed by his reception. "Thank you all. The best part of this is that I can be here to celebrate with you all", said Reichelt, delighted. Josef Burger officially presented Hannes Reichelt with his honorary gondola at the top station of the lifts, where Reichelt thanked the K.S.C. for their hospitality. "I knew from many other athletes that you are particularly well looked after in Kitzbühel".

A week later, it was time for German slalom specialist Felix Neureuther to attend his second gondola reveal (he first won in Kitzbühel in 2010), equipped with a seating heating system. Neureuther brought his parents Rosi Mittermeier-Neureuther and Christian Neureuther to the celebration while a group of some 100 members of his fan club showed up to provide their support.
Neureuther’s visit to Kitzbühel proved a great opportunity for Michael Huber, President of the Kitzbühel Ski Club (KSC) to also presented Neureuther with a new trophy. Last January the original "gams" Neureuther received at the price giving ceremony got broken and had to be replaced. The festivities ended with part of the Fan Clubs hiking the Streif together with chief of slope Stefan Lindner.

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