"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.
Viktor Gichev, FIS technical delegate, summed up the dissatisfactory Friday in a few words: "Unfortunately, the weather was stronger than us today. The course workers, who were on duty from the early morning hours, did an excellent job and successfully removed the snow from the track - but when the race was ready to start, there was a confluence of all the bad things." Gichev, however, is confident about Saturday's race and expects the downhill classic to go ahead regularly.
"A cloudless sky is expected for tomorrow. And while we have a lot of work before the start of the downhill, the expected low temperatures allow for a great slope," FIS Race Director Markus Waldner is convinced. He thanked the organizing committee for their exemplary commitment and wished them well for the 2029 World Cup candidacy.
Finally, the President of the Saslong Classic Club, Rainer Senoner, addressed his gratitude to all those involved in the Val Gardena/Gröden race week: "From the bottom of my heart, I would like to say 'thank you' to everyone. This feeling extends to the FIS team, the national teams, and the marketing company Infront, who once again does not disappoint with great footage. Last but not least, a big thank you goes to our entire team for their work. Every single one shows that the motto 'Passion & Performance' is lived in Val Gardena/Gröden."
Should the weather cooperate, the downhill classic will go ahead on Saturday on the Saslong. The race will start at 11:45 a.m.