KITZBUEHEL, – FIS Race Director, Hannes Trinkl confirmed the Hahnenkamm Races during the FIS snow control this morning. Trinkl gave the “green light” for the legendary races at Hahnenkamm.
The FIS Race Director was out on the Streif in the morning with HKR Race Director, Axel Naglich, OC Chief, Michael Huber and Streif Chief of Course, Herbert Hauser, to inspect the course with a fine tooth comb. The responsible parties also cast an eye over the Super-G hill. The course inspection was followed by a test run down the Ganslernhang, where Slalom Chief of Course, Stefan Lindner, joined the group.
The decision as to whether the race will be held on the original Streif course on Hausberg, or down the Hinterganslern will be made at the last minute. „It may well be that one training is held on the substitute track and the next on the original course “, said Axel Naglich.
A special thank goes to the Bergbahn AG (Cable Car Co.), for the great job done in the past weeks. “Everyone pulled together”, said Michael Huber. “There are currently 73 snow guns positioned on the racecourse, 25 in the area around the Hausberg”, reported Josef Burger, from the Executive Board of the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel (Cable Car Co.). He added: “The Parallel Streif has been open to the public for skiing since 28th November. Conditions for skiing are excellent in the entire area”.
According to weather forecasts, temperatures will drop in the coming week. Together with the cable car operators, the Course Crew is prepared for the cold nights. Overall, it is positive that the “green light” has been given for the races in Kitzbühel. The decision as to whether the racecourse on the Hausberg can be used, will be made at last minute, but the Hahnenkamm Team are optimistic, given the current weather forecast.
“We look forward to the Hahnenkamm Race Week”, said the OC Chief at the press conference later, “29 different nations have registered to compete so far!”
Courtesy of Hahnenkamm Organising Committee