ORGANIZATION-TEAM

FIS SKI-WORLDCUP

TEAM

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

PETER FISCHER
Chairman

PHILIP FRANKENBERGER
Vice Chairman

MARTIN HILLEPRANDT
Finance

SABINA OSTLER-KÄMPF
Press

Benedikt BURKHARDT
Member

FLORIAN FISCHER
Member

MARTIN MAURER
Member

FLORIAN HILLEPRANDT
Member

DR. PETER SAMSTAG
Member

ADVISORY BOARD

WALTER VOGEL
German Ski Federation

MATTHIAS STAUCH
Bayerische Zugspitzbahn

PETER FISCHER
OC Ski Worldcup

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

PETER FISCHER
Managing Director

FLORIAN FISCHER
Accreditation / TV Coordination/ Media

STEFFI WILD
Chief of women´s race

FLORIAN BECK
Chief of men´s race

Benedikt Burkhardt
security women`s race

UWE FUSS
security men´s race

MIKE BRÄU
Chief of Race Course

MATIAS WILL
Catering

Jürgen Meisen
Radio

SVEN WIGGERSHAUS
Logistics / Shuttle

Thomas Staubitzer
Logistics/ Hill

MATTHIAS CZYPERRECK
Logistics / Parking

BIRGIT SEIPP
MARKETING / ASSISTANT TO MANAGING DIRECTOR

CHRISTIANE BAUER
Race Organization

THOMAS KARL
Security / Logistics

MARTIN SCHULZE
Technology & Temporary Buildings

PETRA SIERIG
Ticketing

MARTINA BETZ
Volunteers

Susanna Diekmann
Hospitality/ Ceremonies

SABINE SPORER
Ceremoníes

CONTACTS

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Contact OC Office
OK Ski-Weltcup Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Fürstenstr. 9a
82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Tel.: +49 (0) 8821 72770-0
Fax: +49 (0) 8821 3538
info@skiweltcup-garmisch.com
www.skiweltcup-garmisch.com

HISTORY

THE KANDAHAR RACE

Few Alpine race courses can look back on as long and rich a tradition as the Kandahar in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The sensational triumphs on the Kandahar can be attributed to the continuous improvement of the slopes to meet new requirements and provide for a spectacular race.

1921/1922

The foundation, which made Garmisch-Partenkirchen one of the world's most famous venues for alpine competitions, was laid by an Englishman in Switzerland. Sir Arnold Lunn, considered a pioneer of Alpine skiing, was the co-organizer of the first British national championship, held in 1921/1922 in the Swiss village of Mürren.

1928

The first Arlberg-Kandahar race was in 1928 in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria. Lunn and his colleagues decided to name the competition after the English commander Frederick Roberts, who was named “the Earl of Kandahr” after his victorious return from the Afghan city.

1954

Two communities competed to host the Arlberg-Kandahar race on German soil: Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Apparently, Lunn was put off by the feared mist on the Nebelhorn in Oberstdorf, so he chose Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The premiere of the Kandahar race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was 1954; at least five racers from the local ski club were at the start.

1969/1970

Murren and Sestriere retired as organizers of the Arlberg-Kandahar race in the 1970s. Meanwhile the first World Cup competitions were organized at the Kandahar in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1969-70.

1994-1996

The German ski racer Katja Seizinger’s victory on the Kandahar in 1996 was cause for German jubilation. Due to the tragic death of Austrian racer Ulrike Maier in 1994, the women did not race on the Kandahar for several years.

2008/2009

In preparation for the Alpine World Cup in 2011, significant modifications were made to the Kandahar in 2008/2009 and brought the ladies their own race course "Kandahar 1", which starts at the Tröglhang and largely follows the former men's route. The men now take a different route into the valley on "Kandahar 2". With a length of up to 3,300 meters and a maximum gradient of 92 percent, the Kandahar is one of the most challenging descents in the men’s World Cup.

2011

From February 7th through February 20th Garmisch-Partenkirchen hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships themed "Festival in the Snow". The event was a great success.

2013

In February 2013, the 60th Kandahar Race was carried out.

RECORDS ON THE KANDAHAR

The Swiss racer Carlo Janka won the men's competition at the first World Cup on the new route “Kandahar 2” in 2010 with a time of 1:58.45. The current course record was set at the World Championships in 2011 by the Canadian Erik Guay, with a time of 1:58.41. On the 2,920-meter women's slope, Maria Hoefl-Riesch from Partenkirchen won the inaugural race on “Kandahar 1” with a still undefeated best time of 1:34.82 minutes. World champion Elisabeth Görgl of Austria won the gold medal a year later with a time of 1:47.24 minutes.