Aleksander Aamodt Kilde redeems the Dolomites Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy win
This celebration is becoming increasingly a highlight in the summer: On Saturday, the Saslong Classic Club, together with Dolomites Val Gardena, honored skiing star Aleksander Aamodt Kilde at Monte Pana. Kilde, who secured the Dolomites Val Gardena South Tyrol Ski Trophy in December of the past year, was accompanied by his family.
Kilde leaves everyone in the dust in the super-G
The winner of the super-G of Val Gardena/Gröden hails once again from Norway: Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was unbeatable on Friday in fantastic skiing conditions triumphing for the second time on the venerable Saslong.
"Implemented my plan perfectly"
Once again, a Norwegian skier beamed from the highest podium in a World Cup race on the Saslong: Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was the celebrated winner in Friday’s super-G. The voices on the race.
Norwegian in pole position at DOLOMITES Val Gardena Ski Trophy
In addition to the two races - the super-G on Friday and the downhill on Saturday - the best speed specialists in the world are also in the run to win another prize at the 53rd Saslong Classic: The athlete who collects the most World Cup points during the race week in Gardena-Gröden will capture the DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy.
Press review of the super-G
The super-G victory of Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde did not go unnoticed by the international online media. Here is a short excerpt.
Gianpaolo Piazzi wins the Saslong Photo Contest
Im Rahmen der 53. Saslong Classic wurde zum zweiten Mal der Fotowettbewerb „Saslong – Passion & Performance“ ausgeschrieben. Beim Wettbewerb, der vom Saslong Classic Club und der Saslonch Hütte organisiert wurde, eroberte Gianpaolo Piazzi mit seinem sehenswerten Schnappschuss den ersten Platz.
Local hero Dominik Paris opens the super-G
On Thursday evening, the starting bib numbers for the super-G on the Saslong were assigned during the team captains' meeting.
Successful final training with a bad aftertaste.
The third team captains' meeting on Thursday focused on the second downhill training and on Friday’s super-G.
Norway's top duo flexes muscles in second training session
On Thursday, the second downhill training on the Saslong took place in glorious weather. The Norwegian speed aces left the entire competition behind in the dress rehearsal for the classic race on Saturday.
Paris & Co. still looking for the fastest fall line
In the two training runs for the downhill on Saturday, the three South Tyrolean speed racers Dominik Paris, Christof Innerhofer and Florian Schieder were unable to keep up with the fastest. Following the second training session, the local trio answered questions from the Saslong editorial team.
Kilde: "There are many favorites for the weekend"
Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was unbeatable in the final training for the downhill classic on Saturday. Despite setting the best time, the winner of the 2018 Gardena-Gröden Downhill was unassuming with regard to the two races this weekend.
The second training as reported on by the international online media
Several national and international online media reported on the second downhill training on the Saslong. Here is a short excerpt
The Jumps and Bumps of the Saslong
The venerable Saslong at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel mountain is one of the most attractive courses in the entire ski circuit. Here are the key sections of the 3,446-meter-long downhill run.
These European TV channels will broadcast the Val Gardena/Gröden performances live
TV coverage takes on even greater importance with the speed events on the legendary Saslong taking place in front of empty grand stands this year. Several channels will broadcast the races live this weekend.
USA and Norway dominate the first training session
The first of two training runs for the downhill classic on the Saslong was held in Val Gardena/Gröden on Wednesday. On a shortened course, US skier Jared Goldberg clocked the best time … somewhat surprisingly.
Promising weather forecasts make us want to do more
During the second team leaders' meeting on Wednesday, the focus was on the first training run and the weather forecasts for the coming days.
"The race track is already in very good condition".
In the first downhill training on the Saslong, which was started from the super-G start due to fog banks in the uppermost sections of the course, Jared Goldberg from the USA was unbeatable. Here are the voices of the racers.
A World Cup under special auspices
In a top-class sporting event, nothing must be left to chance. In 2020, this credo has taken on even greater significance as a result of the coronavirus pandemic - accordingly, the efforts of the organizers of the speed classic in Val Gardena/Gröden to comply with all applicable pandemic precautions and to ensure the safety of everyone involved during the race week are huge.
Online press review of the first day in Val Gardena/Gröden
The surprising success of the American Jared Goldberg in the first World Cup race in Val Gardena/Gröden is not only reported by the Saslong editorial staff but also covered by numerous online portals. Here is a short excerpt.
"I just imagine a fantasy world and go for it!"
As stadium announcer, Diego Clara is responsible for creating the right atmosphere in the finish area. This is a particular challenge in front of empty spectator stands - but the experienced speaker knows a few tricks to get the athletes fired up even without fans.
Martin Cater & Mauro Caviezel: These are the wearers of the red jersey
In the extraordinary 2020/21 World Cup winter, only one speed stage has been held so far - that of last weekend in Val d'Isère, France. The winners of the two races, Martin Cater (Slovenia) and Mauro Caviezel (Switzerland), now come to Val Gardena/Gröden with the red jersey in their luggage.
The Media Center: hub of the Gardena/Gröden race week
Just as in years past, the media center for the speed classic on the Saslong is once again located in the gymnasium of St. Cristina. All media-related activities lead to this centrally located building during the race week - additionally, all media representatives are offered a safe workplace in the spacious and well-ventilated hall.
"Let's talk about skiing, not the pandemic"
On Tuesday evening, the first team captains' meeting of the 53rd Saslong Classic took place in Selva/Wolkenstein. The intensive preparation of the last few months was reviewed taking a look at the upcoming four days of racing.
Second downhill training live on TV
The second training for the downhill classic on the Saslong will be broadcast live on television.
"Hoping for races that will be remembered positively for a long time"
Rainer Senoner, president of the Saslong Classic Club, is relieved that the race week in Val Gardena/Gröden is finally underway after a long preparation marked by many unknowns.
The Saslong editorial team is ready to go
After months of preparations, everything is set in Val Gardena/Gröden for an extraordinary World Cup week on the venerable Saslong. This year, the speed classics in the heart of the Dolomites will take place in front of empty stands due to the Coronavirus pandemic - nevertheless ski fans will be able to experience both races up close. This is made possible by the Saslong editorial team, which, true to the motto "We bring the World Cup to the fans at home", will provide fans with all the relevant information as quickly as possible.
Vincent Kriechmayr: "Val Gardena/Gröden is one of the absolute highlights"
Last year, Vincent Kriechmayr added a new name to the long list of winners in Val Gardena/Gröden. The 29-year-old Austrian won with a five hundredths of a second lead over Kjetil Jansrud. In a race that, after several weather-related interruptions, lasted for what felt like an eternity. Kriechmayr raced the entire 2019/20 winter at a very high level, impressively demonstrated by his fifth place in the overall World Cup and second place in the super-G classification. In the following interview, the Austrian downhill star talks about his special relationship with Val Gardena/Gröden, his goals for the World Cup winter 20/21 and he also shares his very clear opinion about how Dominik Paris will return after his injury is over.
Curtain rises for an extraordinary World Cup edition in Val Gardena/Gröden
Even if the grandstands around the finish course of the Saslong remain empty and the VIP tent at the two speed classics in Val Gardena/Gröden will be searched for in vain this year - these circumstances will not dampen the anticipation of a top-class sporting event. The organizers around OC president Rainer Senoner are first and foremost happy that races can be held this week at all on one of the world's most renowned downhill courses. The efforts in the run-up to the 53rd Saslong Classic with the super-G on Friday, 18th and the downhill on Saturday, 19th December were consequently great.
Who is Gardena/Gröden’s #bestFan?
Spectators are not allowed on the legendary South Tyrolean downhill course during this special year. Nevertheless, all ski fans have the opportunity to be up close and personal with the classics thanks to live TV broadcasts. And they can win great prizes at the same time.
There are 25 "special" fans In Val Gardena/Gröden
Due to this year’s special circumstances, the majority of the World Cup events in the various winter sports disciplines in 2020/21 will take place without attending spectators. Nevertheless, 25 "special" fans will be present in the finish stadium of the Saslong on the last weekend before Christmas - made possible by a cooperation with Unika, the Val Gardena/Gröden platform for sculpture, painting and photography.
DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy for the fastest skiing ace on the Saslong
The ski racer who scores the most World Cup points in the two classic races on the Saslong on the last weekend before Christmas can look forward to a special inaugural prize this year. The winner of the DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy will receive a true-to-original 3D wooden bust, as well as extra prize money of 5,000 Euros and a short vacation in Val Gardena/Gröden.