Fog, sun and triumphant winners. That’s how you could briefly summarise the race week in Kitzbühel 2013. The week of the most prestigious World Cup host actually started fairly subdued, with poor visibility and difficult conditions in the first Downhill training. Coaches and athletes were then rewarded with good weather and improved race course conditions over the following days and anticipation for the imminent races was huge.
The race weekend opened with the Super-G on Friday with not much sun, but masses of enthusiasm written over the faces of thousands of spectators. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) was able to secure victory, ahead of Matthias Mayer (AUT) and Christof Innerhofer (ITA). During the evening awards ceremony one could get a taste of what was to come on Saturday.
It began with a clear, starry sky and freezing cold temperatures; a perfect race day for Dominik Paris (ITA) to triumph. With great courage and fearless abandon, he won the Classic on the Streif ahead of Erik Guay (CAN) and Hannes Reichelt (AUT). Spectators were given probably one of the best shows in the World Cup winter and celebrated their idol's success late into the night.
Sunday began with good visibility and great expectations of the Austrian slalom athletes. After a close first run, everyone knew it was going to be a tight decision in the second. Only 60 hundredths of a second separated the 10th placed athletes from the leader. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) won this incredibly exciting final with a respectable winning distance ahead of Felix Neureuther (GER) and Ivica Kostelic (CRO).
An eventful race week with another unforgettable Hahnenkamm experience including countless memorable impressions. Over 80,000 people attended 2013s Hahnenkamm Races in Kitzbühel. Looking forward to next year!
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