Ski For Gold Charity Race – Schladming 2018

Ski For Gold Charity Race – Schladming 2018

After 21 years of Nightrace, the alpine Ski-World Cup, and biggest one-day world cup event, moved in to the town of Schladming.

Up to 45.000 ski-fans transformed the Planai stadium into an international sea of flags and warmth (despite the obvious snow…) and the central hub of Schladming turned into the “Fan Mile”, jam-packed with high-spirits and fanatical ski-enthusiasts. 

Ahead of the main world-cup-winter-wonderland spectacle, the Sporthilfe Ski for Gold charity race 2018 ensued.

Heather strapped on her Atomic Slalom Race ski’s and Uvex goggles (with VBites helmet intact) and took to the slopes. 

Competing against 64 other top able-bodied skiers and celebrity racers, and despite some treacherous conditions and warnings of avalanches, she flew down the slopes with enthusiasm and ease, to safely finish in an amazing second place. 

 Heather Mills ending with an amazing time of 20,63 with just 0:00,16 difference

Heather Mills ending with an amazing time of 20,63 with just 0:00,16 difference

Other participants in the race included:

Toni Polster, Michael Konsel, Alex Kristan, Marisa Burger, Karl and Rudi Obauer as well as Heather Mills, Hans Knauss and Otto Retzer and many others.

The Ski For Gold charity race helped to raise 14,000 euros.

"In doing so, we purposefully support the local ski stars of tomorrow. On behalf of the future top runners, we would like to thank all partners of the event, above all Generali and the winter sports club Schladming, and of course the participants very much. Events like these are one of the pillars of our mission as a sports aid partner on the way to the top. " – Sporthilfe spokesperson

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Year after year, there is no better way to feel at the heart of the event and ski community than to compete ahead of the night race, all for a very worthy cause for the Austrian Ski Association.

The four-time world record holder and British Para Snowsport athlete already competed at the Celebrity Race before the women’s slalom on 7th January in Flachau – you can read all about the race here. 

Heather is the current record holder for speed skiing in the world, and broke many boundaries when competing for the title, now being the fastest disabled woman on the planet.

In her bid to become the fastest disabled woman in the world, Heather headed over to Vars, France, and joined up with the Austrian Speed Ski Team in what would result in a world record breaking attempt, an attempt that would see Heather reach speeds of up to 166.84 km/ph (103.6 mp/h).

 

On the 23rd January at the Planai Stadium, the world’s elite ski racers came together to tackle the challenging black diamond floodlit slalom course that night, each of them hoping to be on the podium. 50,000 people packed the pre-made ice block to watch the night race take place at the top of the metropolis.

There were 76 incredible racers (including friend Dave Ryding from Great Britain who finished 12th overall) but only 3 made the podium…

Marcel Hirscher (athlete of the year 2017) took the number one spot once again. Henrik Kristoffersen, in whose direction snowballs were thrown while driving, finished second. Daniel Yule (SUI) finished third.

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A familiar face was also competing this year - Kristaps Zvejnieks - who has been sponsored by VBites for a few years now and sports a flexitarian diet.

With the help of Heather and VBites sponsorship, Kristaps is an Alpine ski racer and World Champion inline Alpine slalom racer from Latvia.

He competes in FIS, CIT, EC and WC levels and had his first ever World Cup start in Schladming on 24 January 2012.

As an advocate for VBites, Kristaps says

“I am part of a growing number of customers to the vegan community and the VBites company, I think it’s important to attract people who are non-vegans to buy plant-based food and support the VBites products”

For further information and more photos of the event visit http://www.wsvschladming.at

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STAR CHALLENGE 2018 - Celebrity Ski Race

Heather Mills took part in the Star Challenge Celebrity Ski Race on Monday 8th January in Austria as part of the programme in the Audi Ski World Cup in Flachau, a village in the district of St. Johann im Pongau in the Salzburg state, Austria.

The event took place the night before The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women’s night slalom, and as the fastest disabled woman on Earth, Heather raced alongside many other talented celebrity skiers.

 Left to right: Champion ski jumper and flyer Andreas GoldBerger (Flying up to 202 metres) Heather Mills & Radio, Television and Sports presenter Lukas Schweighofer.  

Left to right: Champion ski jumper and flyer Andreas GoldBerger (Flying up to 202 metres) Heather Mills & Radio, Television and Sports presenter Lukas Schweighofer.  

The women’s night slalom is the biggest highlight of Flachau’s annual event calendar. In 2018, the legendary women’s night race once again turns the spotlight on Flachau and the Hermann Maier World Cup racetrack. In addition to some exciting skiing, there were lots of additional surrounding events that characterised the World Cup as a wonderful experience for all attending and involved.

Heather skied after teammate and young professional skier Anna Maria Wechselberger.

Heather is no stranger to the Austrian Ski scene, she has worked tirelessly and closely with the Austrian Speed Ski Team in what would result in a world record, a unbelievable challenge that would see Heather reach speeds of up to 166.84 km/ph (103.6 mp/h)

The Austrian Speed Ski Team head coach, Christoph Prüller, who trained the current able-bodied world cup Crystal globe overall winner Klaus Schrottshammer said:

“Heather is an amazingly focused skier, she puts her heart and soul into it and most importantly has no fear. What she is trying to achieve seemed impossible to me when I was told but now, having worked with her and watching how she works consistently on her prosthesis, have proved that with her determination anything is possible.”

 Heather skiiing in the Star Challenge Race

Heather skiiing in the Star Challenge Race

The evening prior to the main event was packed full of exciting skiing entertainment and kicked off at 5pm with these scheduled events:

  • 5pm - Krone Ski Austria World Cup Party kicked off with DJ In-Style on the Krone Open Air Stage
  • 6pm – 6:45pm – Heather and  the other participants for the STAR CHALLENGE 2018 "Sport and Society meets talented skiers" were introduced on the Krone Open Air Stage
  • 7pm - "Ski stars close up" - The skiing Star Challenge ladies signed autographs in the open air area in the village centre
  • 7:30pm – 8pm - Competition (bib) number draw took place on the Krone Open Air Stage
  • 8:30 pm – Heather and others made their way to the slopes to compete in the Star Challenge team competition on the Hermann Maier FIS World Cup Run.

On Tuesday the 9th January the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies Night Slalom event ensued, with the first run starting at 6pm, and the night closing with an Awards ceremony in the finishing area for the title "Snow Space Salzburg Princess".

 Heather with teammate Anna Maria Wechselberger

Heather with teammate Anna Maria Wechselberger

Following the awards ceremony there was a world cup party that took place around various clubs and bars in Flachau from 10pm.

All those who attended had an incredible time.

For further information, click here. 

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