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Ganong’s Colt mows down them all in Santa Caterina Valfurva

Claudio Pea e Dominik Paris - Credits: Ivan Carabiniby Claudio Pea

A success for the American who comes from the lake dear to Kit Carson and lives with Michelle Marie Gagnon – Another fantastic podium for Dominik Paris, the fourth of the season. And now it’s a second place in the DH World Cup – Second place for the Olympic champion Matthias Mayer – A change in the start because of the strong wind damages Christof Innerhofer – Eleventh place for Peter Fill, who has got fever

There is always someone who – for a few hundredth of a second – spoils Dominik Paris’ party. This time those “someone” are an American who comes from the town of Kit Carson, the legendary pioneer of the far west, and the number one of the Austrians, the Olympic DH champion in Sochi, Matthias Mayer. Read the rest of this entry »


A little snow ruins the plans of the DH champions

La pistaToday’s training on the Deborah Compagnoni was cancelled – Scary accident but without consequences for the first forerunner from Bormio at the Crap del Ricc jump – Tomorrow at 11.30 the long-awaited for and spectacular World Cup DH of Santa Caterina – Paris says: “It’s a really hard course”

It was still snowing when the evening shadow covered the village of Santa Caterina Valfurva. A thin, fragile snow. That kind of snow that slides sideways in your face and in your eyes as well. This is the reason why, together with the thick fog and low clouds, that the second training of DH World Cup was cancelled after several delays, at 12.30. The training was due to start an hour before with the start lowered to 2530 meters, at Muro Sobretta.

That’s where women usually start, avoiding the jumps between the rocks and the first super-G curves. Skewered shrimps, piadina bread and the music by Lorenzo: that’s how people waiting at the parterre passed their time. The group of lifeguards and the sailors from Riccione have been in Alta Valtellina for many years, almost every year, since Deborah Compagnoni was still an athlete. Mario – Bichina is his nickname – was so cool while cooking. Irresistable sea feelings among the mountains Sobretta and Königsspitze. Read the rest of this entry »


All that you need to know about the Deborah Compagnoni slope

La partenza della pista Deborah CompagnoniFrom Sobretta to Dosso Meralda: a breathtaking track – Second training of the Santa Caterina Valfurva World Cup DH in the morning – It’s going to snow during the training – Kjetil Jansrud with bib 17 and Dominik Paris bib16

We went up, first with the gondola, then on a snowmobile and got on top. Top means cresta Sobretta, where the Deborah Compagnoni slope starts and goes down towards the valley. It was freezing cold: even 15° below zero. Wind blew 50 km/h and more. Let’s know a bit more about this track which is brand new for the World Cup of the ski champions. They too, were freezing up there. Also because last night the wind took the refreshment tent placed near the start – at an altitude of 2750 m. – and moved it into a crevasse. It was impossible to take it, even for the helicopter. Read the rest of this entry »


Second training starting list

Take a look at the official starting list of tomorrow’s second training


And they said it was a women’s DH track

Dominik ParisDi Claudio Pea

The comments were enthusiastic on the new Santa Caterina Valfurva track, on its debut in a World Cup race – The fastest of the first training was the German Ferstl – Third  place for Innerhofer, who’s now in bed with flu – Jansrud was in the shadow during the training – The race will be on Sunday

These are the translations of the first impressions from the parterre of the Deborah Compagnoni slope at the end of the first training session of the Santa Caterina DH which will take place on Sunday, half an hour before noon. The fastest of all was a surprise, the German Josef Ferstl who will turn 26 on Monday. His best World Cup result is the 9th DH place in Garmisch in February 2013. He probably hadn’t bombproof skis on his feet.

CHRISTOF INNERHOFER, third overall time with +0,34 from Ferstl, and the best of the “Azzurri”. “It ‘a difficult track to face, there is little light and it never ends. But I love it to pieces. Perhaps because my back didn’t bother me, even the cold left me in peace and I was very comfortable especially in the first part of the track, which is very well prepared and quite frozen.” The problem is that in the early afternoon the fever got back, actually only a few lines, but enough to keep him in bed and maybe skip tomorrow’s training. Read the rest of this entry »


On Sunday Santa Caterina will host the last DH race of the year

Cresta Audi FIS World CupBy Claudio Pea

The first training run on the Deborah Compagnoni is planned for tomorrow at 11.30am – The track is amazing, hard and icy, just what the “Azzurri” like – Christof Innerhofer: he’s been suffering from flu for the last three days

At least here you don’t have to look at the sky and “feel” the air so often to understand if sooner or later snow will come. There’s plenty of snow on the track named after Deborah Compagnoni: the Santa Caterina Valfurva snow guns have been working hard at the bottom of the pist and in the woods. Day and night. While on the top part, among the rocks of Mount Sobretta, snow has always been there. What an amazing track. Icy and hard, just what the Italians like and what Hannes Trinkl liked too. The former Austrian champion is now the FIS director for fast World Cup races and he was the one who created the race track on Wednesady – with very good taste and great satisfaction. In short, the organizers couldn’t do better. Read the rest of this entry »


First training – starting list

See the starting list of the first training taking place in Santa Caterina Valfurva on December 27, 2014.



The event’s timetable

Here we are with a little recap (for journalists, in particular) of the events and timetable related to the DH race taking place in Santa Caterina Valfurva on December 28, 2014

Thursday, December 25

  • Press room is open from 2 pm to 8 pm
  • Accreditation area is open from 2 pm to 8 pm

Friday, December 26

  • 11.30 am – First official training, Deborah Compagnoni slope
  • Press room is open from 8 am to 8 pm
  • Accreditation area is open from 8 am to 8 pm

Saturday, December 27 

  • 11.30 am – Second official training, Deborah Compagnoni slope
  • 6.30 pm – Official bib draw at Piazza Magliavaca, Santa Caterina Valfurva
  • Press room is open from 8 am to 8 pm
  • Accreditation area is open from 8 am to 8 pm

Sunday, December 28

  • 11.30 am – Men’s Downhill AUDI FIS World Cup,  Deborah Compagnoni slope
  • Award ceremony at finish area
  • Press room is open from 8 am to 8 pm
  • Accreditation area is open from 7.30 am to 10.30 am


Accreditation is online

It’s now possibile to perform the online accreditation to be part of the downhill event taking place in Santa Caterina on December 28, 2014.

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