Austrian ski legends help launch new Olympic event
Former Olympic Alpine skiing champions Stephan Eberharter and Sigrid Wolf were on-hand today to help launch the exciting new Mixed Parallel Team event, which is making its debut on an Olympic programme at the Winter YOG in Innsbruck.
Wolf, who won Super-G gold in Calgary in 1988, and Eberharter, who won the Giant Slalom at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, acted as forerunners for the final of the event, in which hosts Austria triumphed over Norway. In the third-placed final, France beat Italy to claim the bronze medal.
The new event, which was held on the famed slopes of Patscherkofel, saw two male and two female skiers from the same country join forces to take on their opponents in head-to-head duels. All the races provided plenty of thrills and spills, providing plenty of entertainment for the large crowd. And Austrian ski legend Eberharter was also impressed by what he saw.
“I think it’s a good idea,” said the 42-year-old, who also won Giant Slalom silver in Nagano in 1998, along with Super-G silver and Downhill bronze at the Salt Lake City Games. “Alpine skiing doesn’t have a team event like they do in Nordic skiing. It’s great to have one like this because I like to see the athletes celebrate together at the finish line and congratulate each other. We haven’t seen that before in Alpine skiing – it’s great.”