Austrian skicross team on site in Deer Valley without one of their big favorites

01 February 2011 15:29

After a 28-hour journey from Munich to Washington, Denver and finally, Salt Lake City, the Austrian team fighting for medals in the Championships arrived Monday night in Park City. The mood was rather depressed, as one of the skicross favorites, and their great team mate, Patrick Koller had to stay at home.


The 27-year-old from Söll in Austria, crashed in last Saturday's World Cup race in Grasgehren (GER). Despite his crash he managed to finish the race and came in second, but the injury turned out to be more serious than first assumed.

"Patrick has a large hematoma in the back area, which makes it impossible for him to compete in the Championships. This is obviously very bitter because he's been in great shape and has proven this with two podium places," Sabine Wittner, Head of ski cross in the Austrian Ski Federation said.

The athletes who will fight for Austrian medals on Friday February 4th in Deer Valley are the following: defending champion from the Championships in 2009, Andreas Matt, Thomas Zangerl, Klaus Waldner and Christoph Wahrstötter. On the women side,  the duo Andrea Limbacher and Katrin Ofner will compete.

A few centimeters of new snow fell in Park City on Monday and provided nice winter conditions. Since the ski-equipment of the Austrian Ski Federation  is stuck in Denver, Monday was used for relaxing and get back to normal sleep rutines. First chances of hitting the slopes were done today.