Lukas Mathies pumped for World Cup in his backyard

17 December 2014 18:28
After a disappointing season's opener Lukas Mathies wants to up the ante at his home field race
After a disappointing season's opener Lukas Mathies wants to up the ante at his home field race -
Miha Matavz

Over the next days, the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup circuit will make a stop in Montafon to run a Parallel Slalom and the first ever Parallel Team Event on Dec 18th and 19th.

While the international stars already had the chance to check out the slope on the Seebliga/Hochjoch today, one rider was almost overwhelmed by his feelings.

Reigning Alpine Snowboard Overall World Cup title defender Lukas Mathies, a 23-year old St. Gallenkirch native, is keen to go for Gold in the Silvretta Montafon, the area where he drew his first carving turns in the snow.

“I'm always happy when we compete on home turf but having a World Cup right in front of my home door is something very special. I'm in a good shape, and I'm ready to prove it,” Mathies said optimistic after he didn't make the qualifier cut at the season's opener in Carezza yesterday.

“I took a hit in my second run just when I went into the transition to the flat part and lost a lot of speed. Those things happen from time to time,” he added.

With the two races in Montafon, the raceboarders kick off an Austria tour as the next two World Cup races will take place in Bad Gastein on January 9th and 10th, 2015 with the FIS Freestyle Ski & SnowboardWorld Champs at Kreischberg/Lachtal right after.