The 80th running of the legendary Hahnenkamm races in Kitzbuehel, Austria kicks off tomorrow featuring the Super G, followed by the Downhill on Saturday, and wrapping up on Sunday with the Slalom event.
The Hahnenkamm race is best-known for its Downhill course the “Streif-Rennstrecke”. The course was first run in 1937 and is widely recognized as the most challenging (for the athlete) and exciting (for the fans) on the World Cup circuit.
The 2-mile track launches from an elevation of 5,463 feet dropping more than 2,800 feet on its way to the finish. The course record was set in 1997 by Austrian Fritz Strobl with at time of 1:51:58.
Take a minute to watch a breath-taking video of the Streif run hosted by the race’s official website at https://hahnenkamm.com/en/racetracks/the-streif-downhill/
Notably for the US fans, US Skier Steven Nyman (@Steven_Nyman) turned in the fourth quickest training time in the final Downhill practice run today. The quickest time was logged by Frenchman Johan Clarey followed by strong contenders Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) and Matthias Mayer (AUT). Beat Feuz recorded a slower time saving his energy for the weekend’s races.
On a separate note, should you find yourself in Kitzbuehel, take time to visit Legend Park. The park commemorates the Hahnenkamm races. Of note is a tribute to Kitzbuehel-native Toni Sailer (1945-2009) who dominated the competitive scene in the late 1950’s. Sailer won three career-defining alpine gold medals at the 1956 Cortina Winter Olympic games.
Tune into the races – Kitzbuhel guarantees an exciting weekend of races! Follow the results at www.hahnenkamm.com.