Numerous World Cup athletes remember Björn Sieber

04 April 2013 08:05
Bjoern Sieber Memorial
Bjoern Sieber Memorial -

Numerous World Cup racers and many others including fans took part in the Björn Sieber Memorial Race in Damüls last weekend.

"Our expectations were exceeded across the spectrum. We could again see what a great person and athlete Björn was, that is the only way to describe the atmosphere in Damüls!“, said emotional Andreas Erath, race organizer and friend of Björn. "270 athletes and hundreds of spectators made the Memorial Race into a true sport festival. Many World Cup events don't have this many spectators along the course as we had."

The race began precisely at 10 CET for all the different age groups on the selective and challenging slope at the Walisgaden lift. The start list was mixed with professional and amateur participants back to back. The children could enjoy the company of racers such as Niki Hosp, Steffi Köhle, Romed Baumann, Philipp Schörghofer, Marcel Mathis, Carlo Janka, Tina Weirather, Jessica Depauli, Stefanie Moser, Florian Eisath, Markus Schairer and so forth.

Jürgen Loacker was the last starter. Loacker, former bobsleigh athlete, raced the snowboarder Markus Schairer and the Hämmerle brothers.

The initially sunny weather turned into typical April weather, which however did not impact the great atmosphere in the finish area during the winners' ceremony. Moderators Martin Böckle and Michelle Morik celebrated all the age group winners and more than 140 (!!) prizes as part of the great ski festival that was held in the true spirit of Björn Sieber who tragically passed away last October in a car accident. It was exactly the type of event Björn would surely have loved to have in his memory!