Tegenrnsee World Cup brings Audi ski cross action back to Germany
TEGERNSEE, GER – The Audi ski cross World Cup has finally arrived in Tegernsee, Germany, after a tense waiting period following a rescheduling of the event from the final week of January to this upcoming weekend.
Much of Europe has seen snow issues this season, and Tegernsee, located in upper Bavaria, was no exception. However, with some patience, the arrival of snow, and a fortunate window within which FIS Freestyle was able to reschedule the event, things are looking good for the back-to-back races slated to be held at the first German ski cross World Cup stop since Grasgehren in 2013.
The World Cup arrives in Tegernsee fresh off a highly entertaining races in Åre, Sweden, that saw German skier Paul Eckert score his first-ever World Cup podium with some quietly impressive skiing.
Eckert's podium was just one more notch for a German ski cross team that is having their most successful year in recent memory, with two fourth-place results at the Kreischberg 2015 World Championships (including one for Eckert and one for Julia Eichinger), the first career victory for Andreas Schauer in France this past January, the emergence of World Cup rookie Margerethe Aschauer as a consistent top-10 competitor, and the ever-exciting skiing of Daniel Bohnacker making the Tegernsee host squad a threat at every event.
Also coming off a high from Åre is the Swedish team, with Victor Oehling Norberg scoring victory and Michael Forslund taking third in Saturday's Åre race for the men, and Anna Holmlund taking victory in Sunday's race for the ladies. With their performances, Oehling Norberg and Holmlund now lead the respective men's and ladies' World Cup standings, and with seven podiums between the two of them, they are currently the two most impressive athletes on the circuit thus far in 2014/15.
Others to watch out for in Tegernsee include Alex Fiva (SUI), Jean-Frederic Chapuis (FRA), and Chris Delbosco (CAN) on the men's side, and Fanny Smith (SUI), Ophelie David (FRA), and Kreischberg 2015 World Champion Andrea Limbacher (AUT) for the ladies.
Action in Tegernsee gets underway on Friday with qualifications for Saturday's competition, followed by a full day of qualies and finals on Sunday on what looks to be a good, challenging ski cross course in Germany.