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The overall winners of the Marlene Cup. © Harald Wisthaler

Now the winter sports season is finally over

For almost two hours on Saturday, in the presence of numerous guests of honor, great successes were toasted, career ends were duly celebrated and a little bit of a look ahead to the future. The winter sports festival of the state winter sports association FISI South Tyrol was also an extremely successful final event this year and marked the end of the 2023/24 season.

A good dozen World Cup events in winter sports took place in South Tyrol last winter. The local athletes were able to claim no less than around 60 World Cup podiums in the World Cup. In addition, to date, 303 South Tyroleans have taken part in the Winter Olympics and have won 60 medals at the Games with the Five Rings. Impressive numbers that moderator Alex Tabarelli – he is also the President of the South Tyrol Olympic Committee – presented at the beginning.

“Winter has long been over, even if the weather of the past few weeks would have suggested otherwise. Our winter sports festival has become a tradition and this year we have even moved it forward a few months. We can look back on a really great year with many successes. Successes that are only possible thanks to the great commitment of the athletes, coaches and officials. Successes that also require the support of sponsors. I would like to thank everyone for that,” said Markus Ortler, President of the State Winter Sports Association, in his speech.

Ochner &. Co hang up their sports equipment

Afterwards, things happened quickly at the Happacher Hof. Initially, Marie Schwitzer (cross-country skiing), Hannes Bacher (biathlon), Tommy Rabanser (snowboarding), Annalisa Pitscheider (ski mountaineering), Lotte Mulser (natural track tobogganing), Leonie Runggaldier (Nordic combined), Nicole Bazzanella (freestyle snowboarding), Rita Granruaz ( Alpine skiing), Maria Gasslitter (freestyle skiing) and Francesco Zucchini (Alpine skiing). The rookies of the year - these are the newcomers from last winter - were awarded. The various overall winners of the individual competition series were then awarded. Nadya Ochner (snowboard), Karoliner Pichler, Alex Hofer (both alpine skiing), Samuel Costa (Nordic combined) and Federica Sanfilippo (biathlon/cross-country skiing) said goodbye to their well-deserved athlete pension. Christian Braunhofer (biathlon) from Ridnaun was voted Coach of the Year.

Rainer Senoner, who together with his team brought the 2031 Alpine Ski World Championships to Val Gardena and South Tyrol, received a particularly large amount of applause. Finally, not only were the summer dates such as the Bike Challenge, a flea market for winter sports items (on August 31st) and the golf tournament (White meets Green on September 7th) presented, but the money from the FISI funding pot was also distributed. Here, SC Val Gardena received the maximum amount of 60.000 euros out of the total 5000 euros. Behind them were the ASC Sesvenna (3047 euros) and the ASC Sarntal (2338 euros) in the honorary positions. 40 South Tyrolean clubs can look forward to financial support as part of this initiative.

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