Vitalini Speed Contest, dreaming of Svindal and others
Following in the footsteps of Svindal & Co., the "Vitalini Speed Contest" was held immediately after the Super-G, a speed competition dedicated to the very young talents of skiing.
On the final schuss of the Saslong, 120 young athletes born in 2007 and 2008 challenged each other in a race in which their top speed was measured in a stretch of 150 meters. The winners were then invited to the Press Centre in Santa Cristina to simulate a traditional press conference in front of the journalists. Just like the World Cup champions, this was a unique experience for the for the baby rockets. Pietro Vitalini conceived the event, which took place for the first time in Val Gardena. "It was a beautiful event. Thanks go to the organizers who supported us. The young athletes ventured into the last part of the downhill run, a demanding section, in complete safety, with the two fastest ones recording a speed of around 90 km/h. It was an exciting experience for the racers.
They put a lot of effort into it, but there was also a lot of psychological pressure, too, because they went down on a World Cup track which was prepared for the world’s best skiers. Just a few minutes earlier, Svindal, Innerhofer and all the others had tackled the course. We, as Vitalini company, believe in it because we try to convey the joy of skiing to children. Thanks go to Rainer Senoner, who believed is us when I presented the project to him, and to Markus Waldner, who gave us the opportunity to try this event for the first time last year in Bormio".