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Huge Crowds Watched the Swiss Win Their First Team Event World Title 

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The Alpine Team Event is what could be best described as a celebration of head-on ski racing and team spirit. Many local fans young and old, armed with Swedish flags and faces painted in blue and yellow, gathered at the National Alpine Arena together with supporters from around the world hoping to witness the first medal for the host nation at these World Championships in Are.

Switzerland, winners of the Åre 2019 Alpine Team Event. Photo by Lars G Karlsson
Switzerland, winners of the Åre 2019 Alpine Team Event. Photo by Lars G Karlsson

Unfortunately, Sweden’s team comprised of Frida Hansdotter, Anna Swenn Larson, Mattias Hargin and Andre Myhrer had to face reigning Olympic champions Switzerland with Wendy Holdener, Aline Denoth, Daniel Yule and Ramon Zenhaeusern already in the quarter finals. The noise level in the arena rose to deafening levels as the epic battle unfolded, but in the end the experienced Swiss skiers were on the right side of the clock and went on to successfully defend their title from St. Moritz 2017.

Naturally, the arena became quieter, but the two semi-finals brought much drama with Germany first looking to have secured the bronze medal against Italy, but TV replays confirmed that Linus Strasser straddled a gate, which led to the entire Italian team jumping for joy in the mixed zone.

As the snow kept falling, the world’s two top ski nations got ready to fight for gold in front of the enthusiastic crowd. Wendy Holdener (SUI) won the first round against Katharina Liensberger (AUT), but Daniel Yule (SUI) was then beaten by Michael Matt (AUT). After Aline Danioth (SUI) closely lost to Katharina Truppe (AUT), it came down to a ‘sudden death’ final run between Marco Schwarz and Ramon Zenhaeusern. The tall Swiss Zenhaeusern used his great parallel slalom skills to his advantage and managed to edge out Schwarz in the end and take gold for Switzerland.

An overjoyed Wendy Holdener and Daniel Yule praised the team’s fighting spirit. “It was so nice to race with these great fellow skiers. We had a lot of fun”, they said smiling from ear to ear.  “Even though we kicked out the Swedes early on, we were happy to receive the support of the local fans in the finals. Thank you very much!”

Other favored nations like Norway and France were beaten by the spirited teams from Italy and Germany.  “It was a well-prepared course tonight, but especially the lower part was rather difficult to master as the course was slower than in past days”, French superstar Tessa Worley concluded.  

The event also gave outsiders like Great Britain and Belgium an opportunity to shine and have fun in front of an enthusiastic crowd.  The British “Rocket from Lancashire” Dave Ryding had a broad smile on his face saying that it was good fun to ski against the best together with his young GB team. “The course was perfectly prepared, but it turned quite a bit.”

Belgian youngsters Marjolein Decroix and Kim Vanreusel enjoyed to compete on world stage for the first time and race against the future champion Switzerland. They will treasure this priceless experience for the rest of their lives.

Tomorrow Wednesday will be a race-free day. On Thursday it’s the ladies’ turn again to compete for the world title in Giant Slalom.

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Switzerland, winners of the Åre 2019 Alpine Team Event. Photo by Lars G Karlsson
Switzerland, winners of the Åre 2019 Alpine Team Event. Photo by Lars G Karlsson
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The podium of the Alpine Team Event. Photo by Lars G Karlsson
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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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