Yesterday, for the first time, I was allowed to host a Ski World Cup races in Lech / Zürs. For me as a ski enthusiastic Austrian and trained ski instructor, this day was therefore a very special experience. And at the same time a new challenge to accompany my first Ski World Cup as a presenter. Totally cool.
Premiere at the cradle of alpine skiing
Even the venue was not just any winter sports location. The Ski World Cup took place in Lech / Zürs on the Arlberg, the cradle of alpine skiing. Skiing for us Austrians is the national sport number 1 and that I was allowed to host the Flexenrace in the Flexenarena on Saturday, was just really cool!
The journey to Lech turned out to be intense, as I had hosted the national team match between Austria and Israel in Klagenfurt the night before and then had to drive 5 ½ hours by car. Shortly after 5 o’clock I arrived at the hotel. Short rest and then… 08.00 on the slopes.
Parallel races: a super exciting format
The format of the parallel race was also exciting. That doesn’t happen so often in the World Cup. A parallel competition has its own dynamics and therefore has to be moderated in a completely different way than normal individual races.
At 10:00 a.m. the qualification races started. So we had enough time to get used to each other as a team. In the early evening the final of the ladies took place under floodlight and so Martin Boeckle, DJ Stari and me as the entertainment team could perform really well! What a beautiful day.
A big thank you from my side goes to the team of the ÖSV (the Austrian Skiing Federation) and the whole team of Fan TV.
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