Val Gardena/Gröden delivers an exceptional ski spectacle
This year, on the last weekend before Christmas, the speed classics on the venerable Saslong were on the docket for the 55th time. The organizers of the Saslong Classic Club once again stood out with their impeccable organization at the anniversary edition and, true to their motto "Passion & Performance," attracted not only the best downhill skiers in the world but also ski fans from near and far.
"The entire team has done an outstanding job"
The 55th edition of the speed classics on the Saslong is in the history books. The president of the Saslong Classic Club, Rainer Senoner, looks back on the anniversary edition of the Val Gardena/Gröden race week with satisfaction.
Victory in the downhill: Kilde's fifth triumph on the Saslong
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is the big winner of this year's downhill classic on the Saslong. The Norwegian lived up to his role as favorite in fantastic external conditions and raced to first place for the fifth time in Val Gardena/Gröden.
"Kilde is an outstanding skier"
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was once again unbeatable in the downhill classic, claiming his fifth victory overall on the Saslong. We captured the voices of the main characters after the race.
Luis Vogt wins the Gianni Marzola Prize
Once again, the youngest participant in the speed races on the Saslong was awarded a special trophy, the Gianni Marzola Prize.
Kilde secures his second DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy
The first place in the downhill classic secured the victory for Aleksander Aamodt Kilde in the special prize DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy. The trophy honors the racer who collects the most World Cup points during the race week in Val Gardena/Gröden.
The Oti Striedinger fan club prevails at the fan parade
The popular fan parade could be held regularly again this year after it had been cancelled twice due to Corona. Many fan clubs did not miss the opportunity and turned the streets of St. Christina into a colorful madhouse.
This is what the media wrote about the super-G cancellation
Even though the super-G could not be held on Friday due to inclement weather conditions, the national and international press reported on the events in Val Gardena/Gröden.
Last year's winner opens the downhill classic
After the cancelled super-G, the highlight of the 55th Saslong Classic is the downhill on Saturday. This will be opened by none other than Bryce Bennett, the winner of the downhill classic in 2021.
"We can provide a great downhill course."
At the fourth Team Captains' Meeting on Friday evening in Selva/Wolkenstein, the canceled super-G was the day's topic. However, in addition to a brief analysis of the canceled race, there was also time to look ahead to the final day of the 55th Saslong Classic.
Val Gardena/Gröden dreams of the 2029 World Ski Championships: "Want to build on our decades of work."
On Thursday afternoon, during a press conference held at the World Cup Press Center in St. Cristina, Val Gardena/Gröden's candidacy for the 2029 Alpine World Ski Championships was presented.
Will Kriechmayr snatch the DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy?
This year, the DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy will be awarded for the third time at the speed events on the Saslong. The prestigious special prize goes to the racer who collects the most World Cup points during the Val Gardena/Gröden race week.
Super-G on the Saslong is canceled
The Super-G in Val Gardena/Gröden had to be canceled due to adverse weather conditions caused by heavy fog and warm temperatures.
Several VIPs to be guests in Val Gardena/Gröden
In addition to numerous ski fans, the speed classics on the Saslong are also expected to attract a number of celebrities. Several well-known personalities from sports and politics have announced their attendance at the races at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel.
Horst Demetz & his course crew: The silent heroes of the Saslong.
The heavy snowfalls during the night from Thursday to Friday posed a great challenge to the organizing committee of the 55th Saslong Classic. But when it comes to preparing the slopes or removing the snow, the OC team can rely on a course crew that does a great job behind the scenes.
Press review of the first downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden
The downhill victory of the Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr was the subject of numerous articles published in national and international media.
Curtain up for the super-G: Everyone is chasing bib 10
On Friday, Val Gardena/Grödena will write a small piece of ski history: With the men's super-G, the 100th World Cup race will be held at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel. Matthieu Bailet from France will open the anniversary race.
Kriechmayr wins the first downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden
The first of two downhill races of the 55th Saslong Classic has ended with a victory for an Austrian. In a race that was characterized by extremely close margins, Vincent Kriechmayr prevailed.
"Was at the limit from top to bottom."
In the first two downhill races, Austria's Vincent Kriechmayr came out on top in a true hundredth thriller. We collected the voices of the main actors after the race.
Light snowfall and unstable weather forecast not a cause for concern.
A short analysis of the first downhill was on the agenda at the third Team Captains' Meeting on Thursday evening in Selva/Wolkenstein . At the same time, the final details for the super-G on Friday were clarified.
"Happy to be here" FIS Race Director Markus Waldner in a short interview.
The long wait is finally over: On Thursday, the first of three-speed races will take place in Val Gardena/Gröden with a shortened downhill. We took an exclusive look behind the scenes with FIS Race Director Markus Waldner shortly before the downhill start.
Nine Italians compete in the first downhill race
The Italian national ski team is tackling the Val Gardena/Gröden race week with a large squad. No less than nine "Azzurri" will be taking part in the first downhill on Thursday.
Last year's runner-up opens the downhill
On Wednesday evening, at the Team Captains' meeting in Selva/Wolkenstein, the bib numbers for the first of the two downhill races on the Saslong were announced.
"Everything is set on the Saslong"
At the second Team Captains' Meeting in Selva/Wolkenstein on Wednesday evening, those responsible for the 55th Saslong Classic looked ahead to the first of three races that will take place on Thursday.
Live entertainment, party & more: full entertainment program in Val Gardena/Gröden
After a sparser entertainment program in Val Gardena/Gröden in the last two years due to the Covid pandemic, this year's edition of the Saslong Classic is packed with numerous exciting side events.
Bennett, Cochran-Siegle & Co.: The Americans sound the attack
Alongside top favorite Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, the athletes from the US speed team in Val Gardena/Gröden are always among the hottest contenders for a victory in the downhill classic. The U.S. boys feel almost at home on the Saslong and the course plays to their strengths at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel like no other World Cup course.
Numerous TV stations report live from Val Gardena/Gröden
A downhill on Thursday, followed by a super-G on Friday and another downhill as the final highlight on Saturday: A full-on skiing extravaganza is guaranteed in the next few days at the 55th edition of the Saslong Classic. Numerous TV stations will be present at the speed events in Val Gardena/Gröden and will provide skiing enthusiasts around the globe with live footage.
Part 2: Fun facts from 54 issues of Saslong Classic
Stories about triumphant victories and matching defeats. About tricks, daring jumps and rockets under the skis. About animals that have strayed onto the slopes. The list of anecdotes before the 55th Saslong Classic and the 100th World Cup race on the Saslong is long. So here is the second part of a small selection of ten fun facts to read, marvel at and smile about...
Will the duel between Kilde and Odermatt go into the next round?
Two athletes have left their mark at the start of the 2022/23 season in the speed disciplines. Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won three of four races overseas and finished second once. Marco Odermatt from Switzerland also claimed a victory, finishing second twice and adding another podium in third place. Will this impressive series continue at the 55th Saslong Classic?
What the media say about the downhill training
In the first and only training run on the Saslong, a relative unknown French racer, Nils Allegre, landed in first place. Numerous national and international media reported from the downhill training in Val Gardena/Gröden.
Here is a short excerpt.
Outsiders stood out in today’s Training
On Tuesday, the first and only training for the two downhill races on the Salsong took place in Val Gardena/Gröden. Under excellent external conditions, the French athlete Nils Allegre surprisingly set the best time.