Special Races, Special Trophies
It’s definitely very special when a Ski World Cup race is held for the 50th time. And that’s not only for the organizers, but also for spectators, media representatives and, above all, for the athletes themselves. Those who are the fastest to the finish on Friday and Saturday will go down in history as anniversary winners. And they will be rewarded accordingly.
This year's trophies were created and realized especially for this historic edition. As part of an artists’ competition, the winners were selected from twelve submitted ideas. This competition was hosted by the World Cup Organizing Committee together with the craftsmen association LVH and Unika, an association of artists and artisans from Val Gardena/Gröden.
The creations of two local artists, Georg Prugger and Jonas Senoner, finally convinced the jury, which included as its members the renowned wood sculptor Aaron Demetz and the President of the Organizing Committee of Val Gardena, Rainer Senoner.
"We want to honor the winners of the anniversary year's race with a special trophy and highlight the importance of Val Gardena/Gröden as a valley of woodcarvers," said OC President Senoner. "The two trophies are a typical product of the valley and we are happy to award the winners with them."
The creation of the artist Gregor Prugger goes to the downhill winner. The 70-centimeter-large wooden piece which represents the speed of a downhill in the form of rays, was carved from linden wood and is minimally embossed at the ends with white acrylic paint.
The Super-G winner can look forward to a work of Jonas Senoner, who represents a skier driving through a bronze frame. This trophy is also carved from lime wood, is sixty centimeters large and finely polished.