The Alpine Masters World Criterium 2017 – the equivalent to the World Championships for the over 30’s – took place from 20th-25th March in Meiringen-Hasliberg (SUI) with 400 racers from 25 nations on start.
With the youngest racer being 30 years old and the oldest 87 (lady) and 90 (men), athletes competed in 23 age categories in the events of super-G, giant slalom and slalom.
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At the official ceremonies, a number of sports personalities presented prizes including FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis and national wrestling champion Matthias Glarner who is from Meiringen.
“Special thanks should be expressed to the Meiringen Organising Committee which successfully handled severe weather challenges including fog, strong winds and warm temperatures, and worked very hard to put on excellent and safe races. Meanwhile, it turned out to be useful to organise high level Masters events at an existing training centre”, commented Stefano Arnhold, Chairman of the Sub-Committee for Masters Racing who participated in the competitions himself.
Following the winter’s highlight event, the season continues with FIS Masters Cup races in Strbske Pleso (SVK) on 1st and 2nd April and concludes with the Masters Cup Finals in Abetone (ITA) on 7th and 8th April.
“We have seen a record breaking season with over 7,000 starts in more than 40 FIS Masters Races in South America, North America, Europe and Asia," Arnhold concluded.