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Lauberhorn 2022

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News has reached me that the 2022 Wengen Lauberhorn World Cup races are in serious doubt. Financial disagreement between the FIS and the race organisation is the cause.
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@davidthornton, The article here suggests that the dispute is between the Swiss federation and the race organisers.
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@rjs, yep it's an internal Swiss dispute. I gather that the Swiss Federation have just put forward to the FIS a proposal that their World Cup race should be held in Switzerland (venue to be determined) rather than Wengen as in previous years.

Philipp Gertsch, owner of Central Sport in Wengen has just posted this on their Facebook page (my English translation):
What's happening to the Lauberhorn race???
Hi guys wake up! What are you all doing behind your desks????
Does the most popular ski race in the world really have to be removed from the calendar because of money, stubbornness and power games? Are you still relaxed about this???
My grandfather ERNST GERTSCH, founder of the Lauberhorn race, my father VIKTOR GERTSCH, who dedicated his whole life " to his Lauberhorn race". These two icons must be turning around in their graves having to watch their life's work destroyed!
Just so sad!!!!!!!...........
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@rjs, @Alastair Pink, thanks for clarifying that. Any suggestions on an alternative Swiss venue? From experience I can think of two, Laax and Klosters. Davos is busy with the annual January jolly for bankers and govt leaders, that could impinge on nearby Klosters. Laax has a long red run from Crap Sogn Gion. I don't think that either Verbier or Zermatt would be interested, the latter though has obviously spectacular scenery, that would be attractive to broadcasters. Then there is Crans Montana, already a host on the women's circuit.
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The Lauberhorn is a classic race, one of ski racing's jewels, I wonder how many fans only watch Wengen, Kitzbuhel and Schladming for example. Moving it would make it just another race. Do you think tennis would move Wimbledon or cycling would decide Paris-Roubaix didn't need to feature cobbles.

Sad the way major sports bodies always seem concerned about personal prestige and money more than they do about the sports they're supposed to represent.
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Pride, stubbornness, and money.....sounds like Switzerland... Toofy Grin
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Langerzug wrote:
Pride, stubbornness, and money.....sounds like Switzerland... Toofy Grin


And the Swiss regard folk from the Bernese Oberland as particularly stubborn.
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levart wrote:

Sad the way major sports bodies always seem concerned about personal prestige and money more than they do about the sports they're supposed to represent.


Very true. Some of them also enable predatory freak shows to occupy positions in which they prey upon young athletes for decades (e.g. USA Gymnastics).

I'd love to see the Olympics, FIS FIFA et al get back to deciding who's the fastest and so forth, and leave the obese bureaucracy and bankrupting venue-building behind.

The Lauberhorn cannot be moved. If it is genuinely too expensive to hold due to CV issues, we might have to accept that. If they're just being cheap, we should bury them in scorn.
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FIFA, UEFA , IOC are all Swiss based and just look at the level of corruption, historic and probably current. Sepp Blatter, the now discredited ex FIFA president could well have been Swiss! International sports administration has never been the same since the Anglo Saxons (English speaking nations) were sidelined.
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Funny then to see that GB wants to become the next CH: feeling oh-so independent, yet governed by banks, and in the end...Brussels, without having any real say
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Zermatt has now announced a new downhill course to be ready for 2022. Claiming it to be the longest course, with estimated times for racers of around 2.5 secs.
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Bloody quick that would be!! I of course meant 2.5 mins Embarassed
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In the press it seems that there is a possibility for it to be resolved.Wengen have to have a new marketing strategy to the races. If they wish this race to survive, give and take from both sides should happen.Unfortunately this resort sleeps too much and this now is the consequence.Fingers crossed to save this race which is the essence of skiing
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davidthornton wrote:
Zermatt has now announced a new downhill course to be ready for 2022. Claiming it to be the longest course, with estimated times for racers of around 2.5 secs.


I believe the proposed course goes from the Klein Matterhorn area on the Swiss side and drops down 1100 metres in altitude into Italy. I just wonder whether the racers will have to stop at the border to show their passports.... Toofy Grin
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.... and get their temperature checked plus take a Corona test.
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@DB, Laughing
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FFS. I was hoping to do a road trip for my 50th that year, taking in the lauberhorn, then a week skiing somewhere, followed by Kitzbühel then the night slalom Crying or Very sad Hope they manage to sort it out. It's such a great event.
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Swiss Ski withdraws application for cancellation of Lauberhorn.

https://www.srf.ch/sport/ski-alpin/ski-alpin-allgemein/verband-zeigt-sich-kooperativ-swiss-ski-zieht-antrag-auf-lauberhorn-streichung-zurueck

Looks like we're all friends again.
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