Flachau is ready for the Night Slaloms
FLACHAU, Austria- After the unfortunate cancellation of the races in Levi and Val d’Isere, Beaver Creek stepped in and hosted the speed and Giant Slalom events, while Flachau took over the organization of the Slaloms.
For the third year in a row, Flachau has already been home to two ladies night slalom and this year the ladies will be followed by a men’s race as well.
Marlis Schild who won the 2010 Slalom is coming to Flachau as the absolute favorite, she won both slaloms disputed this season; and she did so in style leaving both times everyone else almost two seconds behind.
Last year Tanja Poutiainen and Maria Riesch had no problem sharing the throne as Snow Space Princess 2011, and they did so in front of 15 000 cheering fans.
Even though they had a fairly short notice, the event organizers have done a great job preparing the race hill for the two Slalom races.
This year with the addition of the mans race the night after the ladies one, at least as many spectators are expected in the finish area especially since Schild will be looking to ‘redeem’ herself in front of the home crowd, after crashing in last year’s second run.
The last men’s races in Flachau were a Giant Slalom and Slalom back in 2004 and now retired skiers Thomas Grandi and Giorgio Rocca won the GS and SL respectively.
This year Flachau will also be the launching venue for the FIS’s Anti-Doping campaign; “Skiers and Snowboarders Say NO! to Doping” where all participating skiers will be handed an information kit and asked to sign a big board, showing their support of the campaign.
Tuesday’s first run kicks off at 15.30 and the second one at 18.30 and the schedule will be the same for the men on Wednesday.
by Ana Jelusic