Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Alpine Ski World Cup Starts Next Weekend in Sölden


Next weekend (24-25 October) Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the ultimate FIS Ski World Cup Races. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season.
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden. The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 21st time in the Tyrolean ski resort.

Programme:

24.10.2014 Women's Giant Slalom
25.10.2014 Men's Giant Slalom

Starting times:

09:30 am: 1st run
12:45 pm: 2nd run

Skiworldcup Opening - facts and numbers:

20.000 overnight stays (Fri-Sun)
12.000 visitors on Saturday / 15.000 visitors on Sunday (new record!!!)
24 TV stations
18 radio stations
77 photographers
171 print-journalist
Around 1,000 people were working the steep slope.

On Friday the FIS Forum Alpinum – the Information Session for Ski Journalists – will take place in the Freizeit Arena in Sölden. At 6:30 pm, the Krone World Cup Party will be held in the Postplatz square in Sölden village center.

Last year, Marcel Hirscher dominated the GS World Cup on the men’s side, with 5 wins out of 8 races. He was the only athlete to win more than one race, and took the crystal globe with a clear margin of more than 100 points. His biggest rival Ted Ligety is back and ready to fight for the discipline globe, discipline globe he won in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. On the other hand, Kristoffersen, Pinturault, Neureuther are willing to end Ligety and Hirscher’s dominance, and they all have the capacity to do so.
On the ladies’ side after a crash during today’s training in Sölden, Anna Fenninger was injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Innsbruck. The medical examination showed a fracture of the collateral and the anterior cruciate ligament of her right knee. She also suffered a tear of the patellar tendon. The multiple Overall World Cup Winner will undergo surgery this afternoon.
One of her biggest rivals in the discipline is Eva-Maria Brem is now the skier to follow. The GS-specialist made a break-through last season and reached 5 podiums, to end 2nd in the GS-standings. Mikaela Shiffrin, Lara Gut and Viktoria Rebensburg are also serious candidates, since they all won in Sölden before. Due to her injury on the left ankle in August, Lindsey Vonn’s participation is not confirmed yet.

Sölden is a municipality located in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per year, the municipality is second only to Vienna as an Austrian tourist destination. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level. The highest peak is the Wildspitze which is at 3,768 meters the second highest mountain in Austria after the Grossglockner. Sölden is a very popular ski resort.
The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the year traditionally takes place on the slope located on the Rettenbach glacier, a high-quality icy track with the starting gate situated over 3,000 meters in altitude.
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November trough May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.

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