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Interviewing six winter sports icons

What does a rush of speed feel like? And can adrenaline be addictive? Six legendary athletes on their personal feelings before, during and after the fastest ski races in the world. Look forward to six skiers of different generations that we have interviewed: Markus Wasmeier, Viktoria Rebensburg, Thomas Dressen, Luc Alphand, Josef Ferstl and Bernhard Russi.

LUC ALPHAND TALKS ABOUT SPEED

228 km/h - that is the number of kilometres per hour that Luc Alphand once reached at speed skiing. And he admits that it felt more than good and even talks about what he calls the speed gene. Having a preference for it is something you are born with - it has never caused him fear, but always great fun. Alphand even goes one step further: he needs speed to feel alive.

ABOUT LUC ALPHAND

Born in 1965 in the Southern Alps, Luc Alphand can look back on a 15-year career in skiing. During his career, he won twelve World Cup races, including ten downhill races and two times the Super-G. His greatest success followed in 1997, when Alphand won the overall Ski World Cup ranking. He then swapped his skis for racing cars and took part in various rallies.

THOMAS DRESSEN ON ADRENALINE

Thomas Dressen: THE speed specialist. For him, not only the speed is fascinating, but all that it brings with it. A certain unpredictability, for instance: Just how fast is the track really? How far do the jumps go? The adrenaline rush is therefore extremely important for him - according to Dressen, it’s an essential factor in competing with speed.

ABOUT THOMAS DRESSEN

Born in 1993 in Garmisch-Patenkirchen, Thomas Dressen has progressively battled his way to the top of the competition. His greatest success so far was the victory at the Hahnenkamm descent in Kitzbühel in 2018. According to his own statement, he is proud of the characteristic flames on the BOGNER racing suit - as he stands alongside ski legends and BOGNER brand ambassadors such as Felix Neureuther and Markus Wasmeier.

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MARKUS WASMEIER TALKS ABOUT SPEED

For Markus Wasmeier, it was always THE ultimate feeling, being able to move with speed - especially when performing downhill jumps. When it came to jumping, he was always the one to go the furthest; in Val-d'Isère in the French Alps, he once flew a staggering 95 metres. His greatest fascination during the race was the change in speed. There are worlds between giant slalom, slalom and downhill disciplines. While technique is the key, downhill racing is all about super speed - for Wasmeier, it's a game with the elements.

 

ABOUT MARKUS WASMEIER

Markus Wasmeier is a true skiing legend. Born in 1963 by the Schliersee lake, he is one of the few skiers to have been successful in all alpine disciplines. At 21, he became world champion in giant slalom in 1985, followed by a career highlight in 1994, when Wasmeier won two gold medals at the Olympic Games in Lillehammer.

He has been associated with BOGNER for decades. Not only as a brand ambassador - in 1995, he even designed his own ski collection for BOGNER. He also shot the ski film “White Magic” with Willy Bogner.

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