Athletes Smoke the Grass in Austria

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 4, 2009 7:22 am

For us Americans, shredding grass means riding a lawnmower, but for others around the world, it’s a whole different story. Grass skiing: The Europeans (and Japanese) still take to the ski slopes, even without the snow. In fact, the FIS World Grass Skiing Championships are officially underway in Rettenbach, Austria. Not surprisingly, the field isn’t huge: Less than 20 women and about 70 men competed in yesterday’s GS event, but the sport is still a FIS discipline nonetheless. (Grass skiing is not, however, an Olympic event.)

Czech Jan Nemec (the current World Cup points leader) took the GS gold for the men, and German Anna-Lena Beudenbender took it home for the ladies. The super-G event is set for today.

The athletes will tend the grass again next weekend, for the grass skiing World Cup Finals September 12-13. One season ends as another begins. Bring on the snow!