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Val Gardena

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So this doesn't look real awesome...

 

post #2 of 8

There's no snow at all in valley (finish), and very little (maybe 30cm on top), but track is pretty damn good, especially considering 80% of track was just grass without centimeter of snow less then week ago. But it's warm and it's going to be pretty soft tomorrow (DH) and Saturday (SG).

post #3 of 8

Piss winter in Europe so far.

post #4 of 8

Won by Steve Nyman, his 3rd win at Val Gardena:D. Maybe now he can move up to the A team and get a helmet sponsor.

http://www.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/events-and-places/event=34960/race=78877/index.html

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Won by Steve Nyman, his 3rd win at Val Gardena:D. Maybe now he can move up to the A team and get a helmet sponsor.

http://www.fis-ski.com/alpine-skiing/events-and-places/event=34960/race=78877/index.html


And on a bumpy, nasty course.

post #6 of 8

Pretty nasty that camel jump this year!

post #7 of 8

It was insane not crazy. Until now Walchofer was pretty much only one who ever jumped over both, on Friday, everyone, including guys from back of ranking list were jumping over both. And it looked something like this:

 

 

But thing is, pretty much every racer I have been talking with about this, was impressed and liked it. So obviously it wasn't that bad :)

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Primoz, as to the camelbacks:

 

You mean the young guy Walchhofer who was the Austrian hope for the 2001 World Champs? Who later specialized in speed events? When he failed at 2001 St. Anton I was working there for an Austrian Internet TV and could interview Uli Spiess. Because Uli was the guy who finally jumped the good old camelbacks. They were THE CHALLENGE of alpine downhill racing in those glorious years when Franz Klammer was DER KAISER and idol and when, as Harti Weirather says, “no one wanted to ski zick-zack and we all wanted to be downhillers like Franz”.

All those later camelbacks are a farce compared to those original ones. There´s a fairly long list of top guys who never ventured to jump all three. And some names which tried and, unfortunately, could neither ski nor walk away.

Safety first. That´s progress and surely OK. But let´s not forget those who pushed the limits when it really was harsh.

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