FEB 28, 2017
The Backland athletes can show the historically most successful outcome
FOUR MEDALS, OF WHICH TWO IN GOLD, AND FURTHER FANTASTIC RANKINGS
The first part of the world championships took place around Alpago and Tambre. The individual and the team races were held in a terrain which was extremely challenging for men and material. Like the athletes confirm, the Backland UL 65 Ski is the perfect equipment also in this situation characterized by prevailing difficult conditions.
DAMIANO LENZI (ITA) - 2x GOLD
On the first day of the championships the strong Italian Damiano Lenzi was able to profit from his recently strong physical shape and finished as individual world champion with a start-finish victory.
Especially on the hard course the Backland UL65 ski offered the maximum support. After he had reached the finish line Lenzi awarded his ski with a victory kiss. The much hoped-for Gold medal in the individual discipline became reality.
After a recovery day Lenzi and team partner Matteo Eydallin achieved another great result. In a very difficult and technical team race they could reap the title of the world champion again. Damiano Lenzi to his second success.
“I lost my crampon on the ridge several times today, and I had to stop occasionally. The race itself was rather difficult, and the slip-up also put me under pressure. I’m glad that, in the end, it worked and I’m happy with the second world champion title in this week.”
MIREIA MIRO (ESP) - SILVER IN THE TEAM RACE
While the Spanish athlete was not on the podium with although a good rank six in the Individual race, she scored high in the Team race. In an amazing competition, she was second together with team partner Claudia Galicia Cotrina.
DANIEL ZUGG AND ARMIN HÖFL (AUT)
In the individual race, Armin Höfl finished seventeenth, proving his current fitness. In the team race, he fixed the desired top-10 result with ranking 8th together with Backland team colleague Daniel Zugg.
JULIA CASANOVAS CUAIRAN (ESP) - JUNIOR BRONZE
The Spanish junior succeeded in the juniors‘ individual race. Her race ended with a spot on the podium, she could fix the Bronze medal.
The alpine terrain disciplines of the world championships are though done. Patrick Tritscher, responsible for Sports Marketing Backcountry Touring is extremely satisfied with the first half of the event.
“It is always said that world championships have their own rules, and especially in such a challenging terrain and with incredibly difficult snow conditions, a lot in any belongings can happen. That makes the achievements of our athletes even better.”
The entire world championships team is continued in the ski resort Piancavallo for the shorter competitions still to be held: 28.2. Sprint race, 1.3. Vertical race, 2.3. Relay.