AN INTERVIEW WITH SIX LEGENDARY SKIERS
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.
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.
JOSEF FERSTL TALKS SPEED
It felt like a good omen when, in January 2019, Josef Ferstl began the race as start number one and ended by taking home the victory at the Super-G in Kitzbühel. He won by eight hundredths of a second - 40 years after his father’s victory. For Ferstl, speed means an incredible rush of energy. It feels like tunnel vision and requires extreme concentration. At the start his mind is clear, then he simply shifts into attack mode and it’s time to go.
ABOUT JOSEF FERSTL
Born in 1988 in Traunstein, Josef Ferstl was destined for greatness from the start: His father Sepp Ferstl was a successful ski racer in the 70s. After “Pepi” entered his first races in 2003/2004 and had his first taste of success, he placed in the top 30 for the first time in 2010 and collected Europa Cup points. In 2012 he celebrated his first Europa Cup victory in the downhill. And his greatest victory to date: the Super-G win in 2019.
BERNHARD RUSSI TALKS SPEED
Bernhard Russi’s need for speed was clear even as a child - back then he used to challenge his friends to see who could ski perfectly straight from the top all the way to the bottom. Russi feels the real speed rush skiing at 120km/h: “suddenly there’s something there that carries you.” That’s also the reason why a downhill skier always feels the need to go faster.
ABOUT BERNHARD RUSSI
Born in 1948 in Andermatt, Bernhard Russi was one of the world’s best downhill skiers in the 70s. Among his greatest achievements were an Olympic gold medal win (in 1972 in Sapporo, Japan) and two world championship titles. After being named Swiss Sportsman of the Year twice, in 1970 and 1972, other accolades soon followed, including the Skieur d’Or and the Skiing Legend Award.
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.
VIKTORIA REBENSBURG ON THE FORCES IN RUNNING
In the eyes of Viktoria Rebensburg, speed is exactly what defines her sport and what drives her during the race - from goal to goal. But not in the sense of km/h - the forces that affect the body during the race fascinate her most. The higher the speed, she remarks, the more control you have to exert to withstand it.
ABOUT VIKTORIA REBENSBURG
Born in 1989, on skis for the first time at the age of three, surprise Olympic champion in 2010. Speciality: Super G and giant slalom. Distinguishing characteristic: fights her way back time and again. Since her tremendous gold medal at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, giant slalom specialist Viktoria Rebensburg, from Kreuth, has also been a regular guest on the winner's podium. BOGNER connects her with the thrill of competition that she loves so much before every race.
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.