Friday, January 21, 2011

FIL Würz Energy World Cup on Natural Track - Kindberg, AUT - preview


FIL Würz Energy World Cup on Natural Track


Press Release

Thursday, January 20th, 2011


21st – 23rd January 2011

Kindberg (AUT)




Würz Energy World Cup back in Kindberg after 5 years' break



It has been five years since the last World Cup race was held in Kindberg in Styria (AUT). Ekatharina Lavrentjeva (RUS) and Renate Gietl (ITA) were already on the podium back then in 2005, as well as Patrick Pigneter (ITA). He had to settle for second, though, as he was defeated by local hero Gernot Schwab (AUT). Schwab did not qualify in the internal Austrian team selection last week in Gsies, so the luge community will watch closely  to see whether the World Champion of 2007 will be included in the team for Kindberg.

With their win last weekend the Schopf brothers made the doubles' world cup even more competitive than it already was. Christian Schatz/Gerhard Mühlbacher (AUT) were the winners in Kindberg in 2005. This winter so far their best result was a third place in Russia. In Gsies they were still trying to find the ideal setup for their sled. The doubles' World Cup saw three different winners in as many races this season.


In regards of the upcoming World Championships in Umhausen in one week more nations can be expected in Kindberg. Some countries usually only compete in the Championships and have arrived in Austria already to get some racing experience before the season highlight in Umhausen.

The Kindberg event will start with training runs on Friday and the double's even ton Saturday.



Program in Kindberg:


Friday, 21.01.2011


10.00am: Team Captain's Meeting

12.00pm: start of training runs

 6.00pm: Opening Ceremony


Saturday, 22.01.2011


09:00am: 1st competition run doubles

10.15am: 2nd competition run doubles

afterwards flower ceremony

starting at 11.00am: remaining training runs

01.00pm: Medal Ceremony


Sunday, 23.01.2011


9.30am: 1st competition run women and men

11.30am: 2nd competition run women

flower ceremony women


12.00pm: 2nd competition run men

flower ceremony


02.30pm: Medal Ceremonies




Track Info:


Length: 950m

Start elevation: 746m

Finish elevation: 620m

Difference in altitude: 126m

Maximum descent: 17,5%

Average descent: 13,22%

Number of curves: 12



Chris Karl

FIL Media Service

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