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