Austrian National Ski Team in Sun Peaks

With an impressive track record in both the FIS World Cups and the previous 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, the Austrian National Ski Team has proven it is a strong Olympic contender for the 2010 Olympic Games. Out of the 23 Olympic medals earned by Austria in the Turin Games, 22 of them were obtained by the country’s national ski team. In preparation for the 2010 Olympics in Whistler, the team has been using Sun Peaks Alpine Resort as their training domain. Learn more about the Austria National Ski team here and find out what it’s doing in Sun Peaks.

The Team

The Austria National Ski team has continued to make an impression on the world with its recent performance in the 2009 FIS World Cup. Both male and female athletes have obtained positions in the overall top three for alpine skiing, ski jumping and snowboarding. The team also has a number of star athletes in the downhill and Nordic combined events. Find out about some of the Austrian athletes to watch our for in the 2010 Olympic Games and discover why they are top podium prospects:

  • Benjamin Raich – As an Olympic veteran, Raich knows what it takes for a spot on the Olympic podium. The 31-year-old, alpine skier has an impressive career record with multiple World Cup victories in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Combined (2001, 2005, 2006 & 2007). He also lays claim to two Olympic bronze medals from the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002.
  • Michael Walchhofer – Another Austrian athlete with Olympic experience, Walchhofer is well known in downhill speed events. The 34-year old holds a number of World Championship victories and placed first for downhill in the 2005, 2006 and 2009 World Cups. Walchhofer was also a silver medalist in downhill at the 2006 Turin Olympics.
  • Marlies Schild – Despite having 5 knee surgeries, Schild has made a strong impression on the world skiing community. This alpine skier specializes in slalom and giant slalom and has participated in the Alpine Skiing World Cup four times with a silver medal in the 2003 cup. In the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, Schild claimed a silver medal in women’s combined and a bronze medal in the women’s slalom event.

Training in Sun Peaks

For almost five years now the Austrian National Ski Team has been training hard at it’s North American training site at Sun Peaks Resort. Over 100 racers, coaches, trainers and officials from the Austrian Men’s and Women’s Downhill and Technical teams have used the mountain for both World Cup and Olympic training in the Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and Downhill events.

Sun Peaks has proven to be an excellent location for the athletes. The team has had exclusive use of the Nancy Greene International Race Center each year for one month before racing season. The Race Centre includes three courses equipped with snowmaking facilities, timing and safety gear. Sun Peaks will remain a training site for the Austrians until 2010 with the forthcoming Olympic Games in Vancouver and Whistler.

Source by Devon O’Malley

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