Sad Corona premiere on the Streif

Kitzbühel has never been so quiet. No host of ski fans in the finish line of the legendary Streif. No street parties with loud bass and plenty of alcohol in the town center. No veal sausage party at the Stanglwirt with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

No warehouse-sized VIP tent with lobster and champagne for the beautiful and the rich. Due to Corona and all the restrictions, the Hahnenkamm classic in Tyrol will almost become a normal World Cup this weekend.

The fans are welcomed on the organizer’s website with a small note about the major restrictions: “Dear fans, unfortunately no spectators are allowed to attend either the races or the training runs this year. The finish area and the slopes along the Streif and the Ganslern are open Spaciously cordoned off. In the city there are neither fan zones nor open stalls, bars or hotels. “

Those responsible don’t want to “complain”

Those responsible emphasize that they are happy to be allowed to race at all. “Don’t complain about what is not, but be grateful for what is allowed to take place,” appealed to race director Michael Huber. Because many corona infections were recently discovered in the neighboring village of Jochberg, nine kilometers away, and the contagious British mutation was also detected, the runs in Kitzbühel were in danger. But on Sunday the green light was given.

Two runs on Friday and Saturday as well as a Super-G on Sunday are on the program. In terms of sport, hardly anything changes for the racing drivers without spectators, as Thomas Dreßen said. “On the descent you won’t hear the crowd anyway,” said the currently injured German ski star. At the finish, however, the ambience on the Streif is already a very special one, as Dreßen experienced himself when he won in 2018 and was celebrated by 47,000 euphoric fans. This time the Mittenwald native is watching the coach at home.

The police are alerted on race days so that ski and party enthusiasts do not arrive despite the actually strict Corona regulations. Train stations, parks and the city center will be “massively controlled by the executive,” it was announced. Only those who have one of the few accreditations are allowed near the track.

Ghost races a bitter cut for Kitzbühel

The ghost races in 2021 are a bitter turning point for the place. On a regular Hahnenkamm weekend, around 47 million euros in sales are made in the Kitzbühel area. The income is largely composed of fees from TV rights and sponsors. The audience makes up between 20 and 25 percent – this time it is missing.

And then of course the celebrities are missing, who make Kitzbühel, especially in the gossip columns and tabloid media, a completely different social caliber than ski races of similar difficulty in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Wengen or Bormio.

The Stanglwirt has postponed its traditional white sausage party, the 30th anniversary of the Zuzel-Sause with the Munich star chef Alfons Schuhbeck and other A, B and C celebrities should be rescheduled in January 2022. The gigantic, two-story VIP tent right next to the finish, in which particularly important guests such as Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel, presenter Thomas Gottschalk, business bosses and former ski aces are fed, was not even set up.

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