- The laid-back 3
3 ski stars sponsored by Skicircus
Snow is their element and they feel at home on the icy race piste. They are all talented and either already well-known in their sport or are on their way to the top. The local ski racers, sponsored by Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn.
Who are the established and the upcoming stars of Alpine skiing? They all come from the region, are dedicated to their training and aim to get to the top of their sport. The sponsor Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Fieberbrunn is supporting these three athletes on their way to the top. For our “The laid-back 3” section, we had a quick-fire interview with Lisa-Maria Zeller, Sabrina Maier and Georg Streitberger about their first athletic attempts in snow, their favourite spots as well as their goals.
ÖSV (Austrian Ski Federation) super G and downhill specialist
35-year-old Georg Streitberger, from Maishofen, member of the Schiclub Saalbach Hinterglemm, has fought back after his serious injury on the Streif slope in Kitzbühel and has started training again for the winter season. Georg Streitberger, triple winner of world cup races, is full of motivation and confident about the coming racing winter.
Your favourite slopes, not where you train?
I normally ski off-piste and then just pick the most beautiful deep snow slopes. Otherwise you’ll find me on the Schattberg North run, at the West peak or around Hochalm. And when I’ve got lots of time, I do the Skicircus. I’m going to take a look at Fieberbrunn this winter for the first time as I couldn’t last winter due to my injury.
What makes the Skicircus the ideal training ground?
The training possibilities on the Zwölferkogel in Hinterglemm are probably unique in Austria. We can train here until noon, even in peak season, in the speed disciplines on great pistes, without blocking the other skiers with our runs. The conditions here are ideal thanks to Fritz Steger, the director of the track, and the cable cars. That’s really cool.
From the training track back to the warm hut, what finds its way onto your plate?
Preferably a steak. But I’m not that fussy and eat whatever’s on offer – as long as it tastes good.
Can you still remember your first time at the Skicircus?
Sure, I was still a nipper then and sped behind my dad over the Zwölferkogel pistes.
Ski racer in the ÖSV World Cup technical team
The 24-year old from Maishofen can look back on a number of best performances: Junior World Champion in giant slalom in 2013, 23rd in the World Cup slalom in Lienz and winner of the European Cup overall slalom score in 2014/2015.
When you get back to the hut after a perfect day in the snow – how do you treat yourself?
Apple strudel with vanilla sauce and a hot chocolate.
Why is Skicircus your preferred training ground?
The perfect snow-covered, versatile pistes make the Skicircus unique. And we also have a closed-off piste for our training thanks to the mountain cable cars.
Your best experience at Skicircus?
A powder day with lots of new snow.
Your three favourite pistes, not where you train?
The eastern slope on Zwölferkogel, Schönleiten 6er (ski run 61), West peak!
Ski racer in the ÖSV World Cup speed group
21-year-old Sabrina Maier from Saalbach is on her way to the top. She already has her first World Cup points in super G, downhill and combined in the bag. And she has a fixed starting place in the ÖSV for the World Cup downhill races for winter 2016/2017. Her previous best was 20th at the World Cup in Zauchensee and bronze in the European Cup overall downhill score.
Your first time on skis?
3 years old at the Schwarzacherlift cable car. Even then I wanted to keep up with my two older brothers and it didn’t take long until I schussed the entire slope.
Why is Skicircus the ideal training ground for you?
Various terrains, perfectly prepared pistes as well as easy-going slopes off-piste. Zwölferkogel has a World cup piste, which is also ideal for training – and all that right “on my doorstep”.
Where is your sporty journey going?
I now want to pick up on the previous season, improve my technical shortcomings, constantly come under the best 30 or even near the top. One highlight would then be to qualify for the World Cup finale.
Your favourite skiing mountain in Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn?