Snowboarding Allstars – Sigi Grabner brought four generations of snowboarders together

15 April 2014 13:03
More than 50 Snowboard Allstars from four generations all together in Nassfeld - with Sigi Grabner in the middle
More than 50 Snowboard Allstars from four generations all together in Nassfeld - with Sigi Grabner in the middle -
Oliver Kraus

Riders from four generations and from eight different countries have met last weekend to celebrate Sigi Grabner's 'After-Career-Weekend' in Nassfeld, Austria.

More than 50 companions came together to spend a weekend in honour of one of the sports most successful raceboarders who retired from active competing after 20 years on tour.

20 years in which the 39-year-old from Carinthia placed 34 times on the World Cup podium, won 14 World Cup events, claimed the World Championship title back in 2003 and won Olympic Bronze in 2006.

Last February, after missing a spot for his fifth Olympics, Granber had announced his retirement after the season's finals at Sudelfeld, Germany.

Former athletes who joined Sigi and rode with the two-time World Cup Overall Title winner were Gerry Ring, Hans Rösch, Karl-Heinz Zangerl, Helmut Pramstaller and Gitti Köck, Nici Pederzolli, Stefan Kaltschütz as well as Felix Stadler, Alex Maier, Alex Koller and freeride ace Ueli Kestenholz (SUI).

In addition, Austrian national team members Lukas Mathies, Ina Meschik, Sabine Schöffmann, Andreas Lausegger as well as South Tyrolean Aaron March, 2011 World Champion Hilde-Katrine Engeli (NOR) and 2013 WCS silver medallist Justin Reiter (USA) also came over.

“It's nice that my long-time sponsor made it possible to bring all these people together, starting with my first ever coach Joe Zangerl and my last World Cup tour room mate Andi Lausegger.

I'm grateful for the last 20 years. It's nice to share those moments with friends. There isn't anything better to ride and celebrate together,” said Grabner.