World Cup Racing at Heidi’s Home

Berchtesgaden (GER). Next weekend the seventh stage leads the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup to Berchtesgaden, Germany. Berchtesgaden appears on the World Cup calendar for the first time but had already proved its capabilities as an organizer of international snowboard events when it hosted the third FIS World Championships last year. This season, in addition to the World Cup, it also provides the venue for the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships.

Although the schedule for the event had to be changed (the Snowboard Cross was replaced by a Parallel Slalom due to the lack of the huge amount of snow needed for a SBX race) exciting competitions for medals and World Cup points are expected, accompanied by the “Official Boarder Night” on Saturday. Those who have been to the World Championships will remember that the Berchtesgaden organisers, apart from the knowledge how to organise an excellent sports event, also know how to party…

The Parallel Giant Slalom, which was confirmed as the Olympic discipline for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, will open up the event on Friday, followed by the Halfpipe on Saturday and the Parallel Slalom on Sunday.

Olympic Giant Slalom silver medallist Heidi Renoth, who lives at Berchtesgaden and had missed the start at the World Championships further to an injury, can’t wait to get back there racing: “It was terrible when I was obliged to just hang around and see all others competing at my home last year,” she said. “I’m so glad that we will be there again and I can race myself this time. For me it’s just perfect that they added a Parallel Slalom to the schedule.” She was so much looking forward to the season’s first slalom, her favourite discipline, held last weekend in France and with finishing third there she has proved her good shape right in time for Berchtesgaden. Her teammate and boyfriend Markus Ebner remembers the site for a different reason: He celebrated his biggest success when he got the Giant Slalom World Championship title under his belt on that slope last year.However, both need to fight hard since there are quite a few contenders from around the World looking for good ranks in those races as well. Especially the French need to be watched out: Last weekend they made it a pure “blue white red” thing with taking three out of four gold medals and there’s not only the French to show up at Berchtesgaden.The Swedish team and the US riders belong to the number one contenders for the wins in the Halfpipe event but the Germans also have their contender for a podium spot there with Sabine Wehr-Hasler, currently fourth in the World Cup standings.

Exciting head-to-head racing in both Giant Slalom and Slalom together with a good show of the Halfpipe riders, not to forget the “Official Boarder Night” with special guests such as Sugar B., Mo’Horizons and Hr. Walker is… Don’t miss it.

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