Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Lauberhorn Races (Wengen, Switzerland)

The 86th International Lauberhorn Races will take place next weekend in Wengen, Switzerland.
As part of the Men's Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup this is taking place from January 15th to 17th with three events, a Super Combination, a Downhill and a Slalom races. The International Lauberhorn races are part of the the Club 5+ Alpine Classics, a union of the leading alpine ski race organizers from all over the world. It was founded 1988 upon an idea of worldcup founder and sports journalist Serge Lang. Charter members had been the "Five" Downhill classic sites in the Alps: Gardena/Gröden (ITA), Garmisch (GER), Kitzbühel (AUT), Wengen (SUI), Val d’Isere (FRA). The 1st International Lauberhorn Race Wengen took place in 1930. On November 28, 1929 along with the co-founders of the Swiss Academic Ski Club (SAS) in Berne Ernst Gertsch signed the founding document of the Lauberhorn Race. After the pioneering years (from 1924), with this race the wonderful story of Alpine ski racing really began to unfold. A story that is marked, to a large extent, by Arnold Lunn and Ernst Gertsch who guided it through many perils. It was long, difficult and often bumpy road.
Wengen (1274 m) is a car free resort located on a sheltered, sun-soaked terrace, 400 metres above the picturesque Lauterbrunnen Valley. The fantastic surrounding scenery is dominated by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau massif. The holiday destination of Wengen is situated in the in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, 18 kilometres from Interlaken, the Lakes of Thun and Brienz, and close to the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn. The Jungfrau Region Ski Paradise offers 45 lifts and 213 kilometres of pistes in three different ski areas: Grindelwald-First, Wengen (Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen) and Mürren-Schilthorn, with its revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant, made world-famous by the James Bond film On her Majesty's Secret Service offers 45 lifts and 213 kilometres of pistes.

Updated program

Friday, January 15th 2016
10:30/14:00 CET Men's Alpine Combined (Downhill and Slalom)

Saturday, January 16th 2016

12:30 CET TBC Men's Downhill

Sunday, January 17th 2016

10:30/13:30 CET Men's Slalom

2015 Lauberhorn Races

Last year, Hannes Reichelt laid down a flawless run and after already earning three podiums in Wengen he finally claimed his first Lauberhorn victory.
Behind Reichelt, a strong Swiss trio – Beat Feuz, Carlo Janka and Patrick Kueng finished in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place for the pleasure of the 24000 people who came to the venue to cheer for them.

In an exciting turnaround of events in the second run, Felix Neureuther climbed up from his 5th position finish in the first run to claim his second victory in the Wengen slalom. In second place, only 0.20 seconds slower than Neureuther was Stefano Gross. Rounding up the podium today, 0.44 seconds slower than the best time was young Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen who claimed his ninth World Cup podium.

Alpine Combined
After a two-year hiatus from the podium, Carlo Janka had two perfect runs to win his first race since 2011. With a total time 1.31 seconds slower than Janka’s, Victor Muffat-Jeandet finished in second place and earned his first ever World Cup podium. The Frenchman was 27th in the downhill but clocked the fastest slalom run of the day for an impressive climb in the rankings. In third place, Mr. Wengen – Ivica Kostelic grasped his 60th career podium in a season where he has been struggling to find his usual consistency.

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