Sigi Grabner to compete in Austria for the last time

08 January 2014 13:20
Sigi Grabner is ready for his last two races on home soil, after 20 years as pro.
Sigi Grabner is ready for his last two races on home soil, after 20 years as pro. -
Martin Lugger Photography

Snowboard veteran Sigi Grabner, who is currently racing his last season as pro, will compete in his last parallel events on home soil at Bad Gastein this weekend. On January 10 and 12, two parallel slaloms are scheduled.

Other than expected, the 38-year-old race boarder, who had been one of the most prominent faces of the scene in the past two decades, isn't sad at all but looking forward to his last visit in front of an Austrian fan crowd.

“I'm very excited to do those two races. It's nice to have the chance to compete in Austria; especially as my family and a lot of friends will come around to cheer for me,” Grabner said.

However, the 2003 World Champion won't take it easy as he is still chasing his goal of making it to his fifth Olympic Winter Games.

“Austria has got a strong squad. The young guns are pushing us. There are four races left to make it. I just feel the joy of riding coming up again, and when I had this feeling in the past, the results came automatically,” the 2006 Olympic Bronze medalist added optimistically.

In addition, Grabner has pleasant associations with Bad Gastein. In December 2006 he became the first male alpine snowboarder to win a race on the Bucheben slope.

“Bad Gastein is something very special to me. I always enjoyed the racing there. It's nice to be able to say good bye to my home crowd in Bad Gastein.”