In December 2017, Val Gardena/Gröden (ITA) will host the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup for the 50th time. Last weekend, the Organisers put on a special celebration bringing together past and present World Cup racers, different generations of Val Gardena/Gröden Race Organisers as well as numerous ski fans and dedicated volunteers who relieved the special memories of the past half century.
120 participants, among them local theatre associations, re-enacted key moments of the World Cup history such as the awarding of the 1970 FIS World Ski Championships at the FIS Congress in Beirut, the legendary 1975 FIS World Cup final with Italy’s Gustav Thöni and Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark and the famous “deer encounter” of Italy’s Kristian Ghedina. Other highlights included the premiere of the official Grödner World Cup song written by Jenni Perathoner and Luca Langgartner and the presentation of the victory trophies for the men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup speed races in December.
Two camels were also present to celebrate what is probably the most famous passage of the Saslong, the “Camel Humps”. Special guests included Italian ski stars Peter Fill, Kristian Ghedina, Herbert Plank, "Much" Mair and several other stars of the past and present, along with prominent representatives from politics.
Rainer Senoner, President of the Organising Committee commented: "We are very pleased with the anniversary festivities but even more with the incredible 50 years during which the Val Gardena/Gröden valley has hosted the FIS World Cup. It was a great pleasure to welcome our many dedicated helpers and all the racers who have become friends, and to remember the many shared memories together.”
"It is impressive how efficient and professionally the Val Gardena/Gröden Organising Committee has organised these races year after year. This is an invaluable advertisement for all of South Tyrol and it is honoured with great prestige on the international level,” added local governor Arno Kompatscher.