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Ski World Cup Flachau - milestones from the last decades
It was a great pleasure combined with a lot of emotions as Flachau was awarded the first World Cup race, a GS for the Ladies in December 1993. And it's exaclty like that now, still 2 decades later, when everyone works together to make a perfect sporting event with a special flair.

1993, 22nd  December: 1st World Cup race: GS in Flachau. Weather pixies made the race course extremely selective. The Slovenian Katja Koren with the start number 66 won her first and only World Cup race. 1994: Construction of the new finishing house.

1995, 10th  January: Two races were planned, to run a Ladies GS and the Mens GS on the same day on the same course. Unfortunately the weather didn't co-operate and only the Ladies Race could be carried out. In the Ladies Renate Götschl from Steyr provided the first Austrian win in Flachau.

1996: 6th and 7th January: The first Mens World Cup races were held where ths signs were looking good for the Italian ski start Alberto Tomba. In the GS he took second place behind the Swiss man Urs Kaelin before winning the slalom himself on the following day. In this Wolrd Cup race a new star appeared on the world cup horizon. A local skier from Flachau called Hermann Maier achieved great times as a forerunner in both runs in the GS. Which opened the door for him to the ÖSV European Cup Team and shorty afterwards into the ÖSV World Cup team.

1999, 10th January: Mens GS and the first Austrian win for the men, Benjamin Reich beat the Swiss skier Michael von Grünigen. There was space for the local fighter Hermann Maier who also managed to get onto the podium in third place and ensured a festive mood for the numerous local fans. In that year there was also the World Cup arena with a large tent village and an external event by the super star DJ Bobo

2001, 14th January: Ladies Slalom and combined with downhill. Janica Kostelic won both the slalom and the combined. 

2002: The old Kehlhaus was taken down, the World Cup run became wider.

2002, 9th and 10th March: World Cup final together with Altenmarkt / Zauchensee. The absolute highlight: 4 races were held in 2 days, both the Mens and Ladies GS and slalom. Die Speedbewerbe gingen die Tage vorher bereits in Zauchensee über die Bühne. The warm weather with rain and temperatures up to 18°C were a special challenge for the Flachau race committee but with phenomenal commitment all competitions could be mastered successfully. The World Cup overall victory went to Austria both in the Mens and the Womens, Michaela Dorfmeister and Stephan Eberharter won the big crystal ball. Off piste: Victoria Beckham and DJ Ötzi provided get the crowd in the mood.

2004: Moved the Neureith hut, improved the Hermann Maier World Cup run.

2004, 3rd and 4th January: Mens GS and Slalom in Flachau. Benjamin Reich won his 2nd GS since 1999 on the Hermann Maier World Cup run. The Finn Kalle Palander won the slalom. Comprehensive supporting events included DJ Bobo, Michael Patrick Simoner and Lutricia McNeal.

2004, 21st and 22nd December: Flachau was again the venue for the FIS alpine ski world cup. The good technical snowmaking as well as the natural snow enabled gorgeous pictures of Flachau to be broadcast to the world. The Canadian Thomas Grandi won the GS, the Italian Girgio Rocca won the slalom. Due to the date, the accompanying events were also designed in a festive mood. A concert by the Nockalm quintet set the mood.

2010, 10th January: For the first time a night-race was held with floodlights in Flachau. A new challenge for the experienced world-cup team was the lighting for the Hermann Maier World Cup run. A partially mobile floodlight system was especially erected for this. The supporting events were an autograph hour by the ski stars in the BBF-centre as well as a spectacular motocross show. Marlies Schild won the event and received the first "snow space princess" award. Flachau was awarded the "most press-friendly world cup location" as part of the OC Award.

2010: The new HD-ready floodlit system. Investment: 2 million euros

2011, 11th January: The Flachau snow space Ladies Ski night was held for the second time. The new HD ready floodlit system ensured the best conditions for skiers, spectators and TV teams alike. Perfect pictures of Flachau were broadcast to the whole world at prime time. With the same overal time the German Maria Riesch and the Finn Tanja Poutiainen won - so this time there were two "snow space princesses". Flachau was awarded the "most athletic friendly world cup venue" by the OC Award in 2011. 

2011, 20th and 21st December: Flachau was awarded the two world cup competitions which were cancelled in Levi (Finland) at short notice. Thus Flachau could hold both the Ladies and Mens competition for the first time again since the World Cup final. Just like in 2010 the Salzburgerin Marlies Schild won again. In the Mens Ivica Kostelic won for the second time in Flachau since 2002.

2013, 15th January: The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies Night Slalom in Flachau was s great skiing festival yet again. The worlds best slalom ladies offered extremely exciting ski racing on the Hermann Maier World Cup run which was exclusively designed with lots of transitions and crests. In front of 11,500 enthusiastic ski fans the young American Mikaela Shiffrin won from Frida Hansdotter (SWE) and Tanja Poutiainen (FIN). The previous evening the jubilee race for 20 years of Ski World Cup a charity event took place to promote upcoming and talented young skiers from Salzburg with a top-class starting field.

2014, 14th January: The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies Night Slalom presented itself as a true floodlit spectacular. 14,300 enthusiastic spectators, 2,300 of those on the newly-equipped stage with its own sound system ensured a fantastic atmosphere. The winner on the podest was Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), Frida Hansdotter (SWE) was in second place, and 3rd place went to Maria Pietilae-Holmer (SWE). The winner of the Star Challenge 2014 went to the team Alex Maier.

2015, 13th January: Magnificent sunshine and with 14,800 skiing fans a new spectator record. The Swedish lady Frida Hansdotter, who was already on the podium the previous two years, used the excellent conditions to beat Tina Maze (SLO) and Mikaela Shiffrin (USA). Winner of the Star Challenge 2015 and 17 teams from the famous and talented skiers was the team Walter Schachner and Philip Lackner.

2016, 12th, 15th and 17th of January: 3 Races full of exiting sports and emotions within 6 days. Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK) won the Night Slalom on Tuesday, 12th of January. Since the ladies's races from Ofterschwang (GER) had to be rescheduled in Flachau, there was  another ladies' Slalom on 15th of January and a Giant Slalom on 17th of January on the Hermann-Maier-World Cup track. Veronika Velez Zuzulova also won the 2nd Slalom and Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) the Giant Slalom, which was the first ladies' GS in Flachau since 2002.

2017, 10th of January: A dreamlike winter evening. 12.500 fans saw an exiting Audi FIS Ski World Cup Night Race in Flachau. After 2015 Frida Hansdotter (SWE)  could once again win this fantastic race and so she has been crowned to "snow space princess 2017. 2nd place Nina Loeseth (NOR) in front of the two 3rd placed Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) and Wendy Holdener (SUI). Michael Walchhofer and his partner Felix Sagmeister won the "Star Challenge 2017", which has been the day before.
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