action star Arnold Schwarzenegger “skipped”.
The “Terminator” would have been lined up on Friday, if he had come, by numerous high-ranking politicians, primarily from Tyrol. This is how governor Anton Mattle (ÖVP), Secretary of State for Digitization Florian Tursky (ÖVP), Economic Provincial Council Mario Gerber (ÖVP) or Deputy Governor George Dornauer (SPÖ) do not miss the start of the Streif.
Also present, ex-finance minister Karl Heinz Grasser with his wife fiona.
Very well in the middle of it instead of just being there were ski legends Karl Schranz or ex-ski star Stephan Eberharter. Real mood came up with these and their environment for the first time when Vincent Kriechmayr brought his victory run onto the slopes. There weren’t enough standing ovations, but loud cheers and applause escaped from both Tursky and Mattle – the latter with a “thumbs up”. Hubert von Goisern, who had been rather stoic up to that point, was also enthusiastic.
In any case, the Hahnenkamm audience was back in “Kitz full mode” after years of the Corona state of emergency. Numerous ski enthusiasts streamed out of Harti Weirather’s VIP tent in the direction of the grandstands shortly before the start of the downhill run – and away from the piste there was also good humored drinking, celebrating and cheering. Musically, Kitz also drew on the full and exuded a spirit of optimism and excitement: “Start me up” by the Rolling Stones, for example, gave the music jack in hand with “The Final Countdown” by Europe.