Åre 2019 english

Visit the service guys working round the clock in the wax cabins


In alpine skiing the relation between athletes and their service technicians is vital for success. The material and equipment are tested over and over and a millimeter adjustment can be the difference between a gold medal and ending up outside the podium.

Killian Lochmatter. Photo by Leon Allinge
Killian Lochmatter. Photo by Leon Allinge

Frida Hansdotter and Killian Lochmatter have worked together for fourteen years, focusing on her ski boots. Lochmatter has learned everything about how the material behaves in different weather and surface conditions and what Hansdotter likes best. The small details can make or break a result, but it is equally important to not get caught up in them either.

– I have brought four, five pairs of ski boots for Frida with me, she doesn’t need more. She is very professional and has a lot of experience, so she knows exactly what she needs to perform at her highest level. She is confident and I hope she will win the slalom event, said Lochmatter.

Frederic Ottobon has brought thirty pairs of skis with him to prepare for Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The skis are designed and developed with the Åre ski slope and conditions in mind and during the past seven years the two have worked closely together. Depending on the weather and the snow conditions the way the skis are constructed is what decides which pair to choose when it’s time to race.

Former World Champion and Olympic bronze medalist Bruno Kernen is a skier with a lot of experience. For him, the relation with his service person was vital for his success.

– It is incredibly important that your service man is motivated. They work around the clock for us, preparing the skis and adjusting details, said Kernen.

– We brought ten to twenty pairs of skis to a race, depending on the weather prognosis, and each pair needed to be prepared in the best possible way so we could make a decision about which ones to choose the day before a race, he concluded.



Killian Lochmatter. Photo by Leon Allinge
Killian Lochmatter. Photo by Leon Allinge

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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.