One of the most important big mountain events in the eastern alps

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 17, 2010 5:48 am

                                                                          Matthias Haunholder Wins At Home
LAST SATURDAY MATTHIAS HAUNHOLDER WON THE BIG MOUNTAIN FIEBERBRUNN. THE 30-YEAR-OLD TYROLEAN PREVAILED AT THE 3-STAR WORLD FREERIDE QUALIFIER IN HIS HOME RESORT, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT BIG MOUNTAIN EVENTS IN THE EASTERN ALPS THIS YEAR.

Fieberbrunn, located in the Kitzbühel Alps, is still relatively unknown as a freeride resort. But for ATOMIC Freeski Team rider Matthias Haunholder the resort next to his hometown is not only his home mountain, but also one of the best freeride spots on earth. And not only to him, as this year’s
Big Mountain Fieberbrunn also showed this to a wider public.

WITHSTANDING THE PRESSURE
To compete on his home mountain, did not mean any big advantages for the 30-year-old Tyrolean, who got fourth at last years Freeride World Tour. As freeride pro he is on tour most of the times and conditions change from year to year, so that Matthias Haunholder had to work out a new run just as
every other starter had to. Being the local hero he even stood under extra pressure. But Matthias held out against the expectations and secured a well-deserved win with his resolute run including a massive Cliff Drop at the northern face of the Wildseeloder. “To win at home is of course something very special,” he admitted happily. The fact that he had to share his triumph with Switzerlands Samuel Anthamatten, who received the same score, did not bother him at all. Austrian Stefan Moser got third, right before his fellow country man Stefan Häusl, who claimed fourth place, and Wille Lindberg from Sweden, landing on fifth position.

BIG POTENTIAL
After having had little luck up to now this season, Matthias Haunholder emphasized his ambitions with his victory at the 3-star World Freeride Qualifier and secured a start at the following World Tour events. But not only the Tyrolean has got big potential, also the event on his home mountain aspires to higher things. At the women’s category the Big Mountain Fieberbrunn already counted for the World Tour ranking this year, and after the great performances on the impressive face last weekend, an upgrade for the men’s category next year is likely to happen as well. Matthias Haunholder would  certainly enjoy a home game on the Freeride World Tour.

ABOUT MATTHIAS HAUNHOLDER
Austria definitely wouldn‘t be the number one ski nation without Matthias Haunholder. The 30-year-old Tyrolean is the only Austrian rider on the Freeride World Tour 2010. He is the one rider to keep up the red-white-red banner at international freeride contests of the highest level. 2008 the Walchsee-native qualified for the most prestigious competitions in the big mountain calendar by winning the Freeride World Qualifier Series. The passionate climber, slackliner and paraglider wants to repeat this ranking as soon as possible – but one level higher than last year: Mathias is outright telling us he wants to be World Champion. For a ski guide, who “was born with skis” an aspiring, but not an overambitious goal. At last years Freeride de Tignes he won his first Freeride World Tour contest, leaving Thomas Diet and Henrik Windstedt behind. The latter already has been World Champion in the past!

 

 

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