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All-time legends at the SkiStar Invitational 2019: An evening to remember in store


They have clinched the biggest prizes in alpine ski racing and crowned their careers at major championships. Some of the greatest stars in the history of alpine skiing will race again in Åre on Tuesday, 12 February. Be there to see Stenmark, Pärson, Alphand and many other ski legends go head-to-head at the SkiStar Invitational 2019.

The alpine skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark is still going strong.
The alpine skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark is still going strong.

What do Ingemar Stenmark, Anja Pärson, Fredrik Nyberg, Jens Byggmark, Maria Pietilä Holmner, Luc Alphand and Marco Büchel have in common? They have all written ski history. Some of them have retired only recently while others hung up their skis decades ago but remain as popular as ever. The SkiStar Invitational 2019 will see several generations of alpine stars come together for a great evening of parallel skiing action. 

– It will be great to race at the World Championships in Åre again. The last time in 2007 I was charging at 100%. This time around I am aiming at 110%. Let’s do it! said Jens Byggmark, who’s noticeably excited. 

The first edition of the SkiStar Invitational was staged in front of 17 000 screaming fans during the previous World Championships in Åre in 2007. It was a magic evening which the 2nd edition seeks to best. The program on Tuesday 12thFebruary 2019 will begin with a 2019 Championships’ highlight, the alpine team event, featuring today’s best slalom racers. After the medal ceremony, the spotlight will turn to the stars who dominated the podium at various past championships. 

Who will beat whom in the parallel slalom and can the older ski stars keep up with those who still raced a couple of years ago? The event will be presented by Active Life Foundation and Right to Play. 

Confirmed stars at SkiStar Invitational 2019

Anja Pärson (37)– Six-time Olympic medalist and Olympic champion, winner of 13 World Championships medals including seven gold, 43 World Cup victories and a total of 95 World Cup podiums

Ingemar Stenmark (62) – Two-time Olympic champion and one-time Olympic bronze medalist, triple world champion and five-time medalist, holder of the all-time record of 86 World Cup wins

Maria Pietilä-Holmner (32) – two World Championships medals (silver and bronze), 10 World Cup podium including three victories

Fredrik Nyberg (49) – 23 World Cup podiums including seven wins

Jens Byggmark (33)– World Championships silver medalist, eight World Cup podiums (two wins) 

Marco Büchel (48) – World Championships silver medalist, four World Cup victories  

Luc Alphand (53) – World Championships bronze medals, 23 World Cup podiums (12 wins) 

Kjetil Andre Aamodt (47) – four Olympic gold medals, five World Championships gold medals and a large number of World Cup podiums.

Further legends to be announced shortly. Go to our website to find out more about SkiStar Invitational.

The entrance ticket is valid for the Alpine Team Event and SkiStar Invitational. The legend’s race starts after the Team Event prize ceremony.

About SkiStar Invitational

A legends’ race where invited former alpine ski racing greats compete in a parallel slalom race.  The first edition was staged in conjunction with Åre 2007. The international legends beat the Nordic stars 14-6. 

The competition is held in cooperation with the non-profit organization founded by Thomas Fogdö known as Active Life Foundation which supports the care and rehab of athletes who were seriously injured, among other things. The race also benefits Right to Play which enables children in adverse life situations to learn life skills using the power of play. 

Participants at SkiStar Invitational 2007: Stig Strand, Piero Gros, Bengt Erik Grahn, Luc Alphand, Jonas Nilsson, Pirmin Zurbriggen, Ole Kristian Furuseth, Armin Bitner, Olle Rolén, Franz Klammer, Johan Wallner, Thomas Sykora, Lars-Göran Halvarsson, Paul Frommelt, Bengt Fjällberg, Lars-Börje Eriksson and Andreas Wenzel



The alpine skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark is still going strong.
The alpine skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark is still going strong.
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Åre 2019 english
Åre 2019 english
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Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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Yet another Alpine World Championship in Åre has come to an end. The third through the years. Skiers, visitors and volunteers have lived and breathed the World Championships for weeks. The organization has done the same for years. Beyond all the races that have been raced, the medals that have been awarded, something else has taken place. Perhaps the thoughts have been thought before, maybe they have been awaken when being here. Thoughts of the real meaning of life, or rather, thoughts of what kind of life we want to live. Thoughts of where our children should grow up, of where our everyday lives should take place. Where life should be lived.

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