The World Cup celebrates 35 years in Val Gardena

Intense emotions... is this year’s prediction for the two World Cup races on Saslong.  The Super G is scheduled for December 17 and the downhill for the 18th.  Both races are scheduled to begin at 12:15 pm.  What’s new this year is, beside the broadening of some parts of the slope, the installation of a maxi-screen in the proximity of the Camel humps.

Val Gardena is proud to have hosted World Cup races since 1969.  In the past 35 years, 45 speed races have been held, 42 of which in Downhill and 3 in Super G.  There have been 28 registered winners representing 7 different countries. Some athletes like Antoine Deneriaz, Kristian Ghedina, Franz Klammer, Peter MĂĽller, Rob Boyd and Helmut Höflehner have stood on Saslong’ s podium more than once. There have been 3 Super G winners, 2 were from the Swiss team  (Zurbriggen and Defago) and 1 Norwegian (Kjus).  So far, only one athlete has won both the Super G and the Downhill and that was Switzerland’ s superstar Pirmin Zurbriggen, World Cup winner, World Champion and Olympic medalist. He won on the Saslong in 1983 (Super G) and in 1989 (downhill).

Austria holds the lead in national results for the Downhill with a total of 15 victories followed by Switzerland (13 victories) and Italy (5 victories), after which follow Norway and France with 3 victories, Canada with two and Liechtenstein with one on Saslong.  Switzerland, with its 15 victories holds a tie with Austria on the total count (including the Super G).