Olympic Champions and World Cup Debutant at the FIS Freeski World Cup Stubai
Last updated on 14.10.2020
Exceptional Starting Field at the Freestylers’ World Cup Opening at the Stubai Glacier from 18 to 21 November 2020
When the world’s best skiers rock one of the top-class snow parks, that can only mean one thing – the Stubaital once again invites you to the opening of the Freeski World Cup. From 18th to 21st November 2020, the FIS Freeski World Cup will be held at the DC Stubai Zoo snow park for the fourth time, presenting spectacular ski action at its finest. Freeskiers from over 20 nations are expected to attend the World Cup kick-off; among them a strong Austrian team that does not want to miss the chance of winning medals at home. The World Cup will take place without spectators, and the final will be broadcast live on Austrian TV.
The launch of the World Cup season promises to be an exciting one, especially for the Austrian team. On their “home turf”, the best freeskiers of the host country will compete for the important first World Cup points of this winter season.
The Austrian men’s team, featuring Salzburg’s Lukas Müllauer, Upper Austria’s Samuel Baumgartner, and Vorarlberg’s Julius Forer, as well as Tyrol’s Nicolas Biembacher, Hannes Rudigier, David Wolf and their young compatriot Daniel Bacher, naturally want to be in top form at their home World Cup. For newcomer and local hero Daniel,this competition is something extra special.
“I am extremely looking forward to starting at the FIS World Cup on the Stubai Glacier alongside all the first-class riders. My first World Cup start, and then at home – that, of course, makes it even cooler. Being there and getting a taste of the World Cup atmosphere is more important than any result. Maybe I’ll even have another session in my own ‘park’. It was a truly unique experience to have some of the world’s best performers gathering in my backyard last year “.
(15-year old Daniel Bacher about his first World Cup event in his ‘home park’)
It could also get exciting for Austria because of the women’s competition, as the two Tyroleans Lara Wolf (Paznauntal) and local hero, Laura Wallner, will not miss the chance to fly the Austrian flag at their home World Cup. Wallner in particular wants to put the pedal to the metal again after her forced break caused by a fractured thigh last year.
Strong Participant Field Expected
The successful events of the last few years, as well as the DC Stubai Zoo snow park, which is very popular among athletes, guarantee a first-class international starting field at the FIS Freeski World Cup Stubai in 2020. In a winter where tickets for the 2022 Olympic Games are already being acquired, the season opening offers athletes the first opportunity to determine their position. Some of the world’s best athletes have already registered.Including: Olympic champion and winner of the first FIS Freeski World Cup Stubai 2017, Øystein Bråten (NOR), winner of 2018, Henrik Harlaut (SWE), Andri Ragettli from Switzerland, Birk Ruud (NOR), David Zehentner (GER) or Alex Hall and Nick Goepper from the USA.
The same is true for the women’s event. Already cinfirmed are: Jennie-Lee Burmansson (SWE), winnerin of 2017, Kelly Sildaru (winnerin 2018) from Estonia, Tess Ledeux (FRA), Kea Kühnel (GER), Caroline Claire from the USA and the swiss ladies Mathilde Gremaud, Sarah Höfflin und Giulia Tanno.
The organisers and athletes are equally delighted that from 18th to 21st November there will be some world-class freeskiing action on offer in the Stubai Glacier’s legendary DC Stubai Zoo snow park.
Preliminary FIS FREESKI WORLD CUP STUBAI 2020 PROGRAMME*
Wed, 18 Nov. Training Ladies & Men
Thu, 19 Nov. Training Ladies & Men
Fri, 20 Nov. Qualification Ladies & Men
Sat, 21 Nov. Final Ladies & Men | LIVE on Austrian TV (ORF1) from 11.15 am
*Programme subject to change
To ensure compliance with the nationwide Covid-19 safety regulations, the event will take place without spectators, but skiing on the glacier will be possible without restrictions. The general safety measures will apply throughout the skiing resort, up-to-date information can be found at https://www.stubaier-gletscher.com/stubai-live/news/detail/coronavirus-information/