Sigi Grabner says good-bye to Austria

Emotional last race of the snowboard icon on home soil

13 January 2014 11:21
Special honour for Sigi Grabner in Bad Gastein after his last race on Austrian soil
Special honour for Sigi Grabner in Bad Gastein after his last race on Austrian soil -
Miha Matavz

Yesterday's last parallel slalom of the season in Bad Gastein not only featured the first two Crystal Globe decisions with Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Sylvain Dufour (FRA) coming out successfully on the race for the title but also a very emotional good-bye of a veteran race boarder.

38-year-old Siegfried Grabner had participated in his last World Cup race on home soil which also was the last PSL World Cup of his 20-year-long career and was thus overwhelmed by his feelings after finishing in Bad Gastein as 13 ranked rider.

“It wasn't the result I was hoping for but still a very notable experience. It was great how the crowd and the Local Organisers did celebrate me. I'm deeply moved and have to admit that it's hard to find the right words,” Grabner said having a lump in his throat.

Event Organisers and his long-time sponsor Red Bull had put up a king's chair for the snowboard icon in the finish area from where the Andorra resident was able to watch the rest of the final show after his out in the round of the top-16.