FIS CIT World Criteria a successful dress rehearsal for the Arlberg Kandahar Race 2019

  • From the 25th of February to the 2nd of March 2018, the FIS CIT World Criteria ski races (CIT is short for citizen) were responsible for an exciting race atmosphere in the Arlberg. The CIT competition is aimed at athletes with FIS points from regions without winter sports. For the organizers in St. Anton am Arlberg, the event with 6 intensive days of competition was a welcome test run for the Women's World Cup to be held in St. Anton in January 2019.

    According to Peter Mall, who coordinated the organization of the event, overall the competition went well. He commented after the race "that although it was a very demanding week for those involved, it offered extremely valuable experience for the World Cup event to be held at the beginning of next year. Due to the fact the World Cup race scheduled for 2016 was cancelled due to poor weather conditions, we have not had any experience at this level for 5 years. About 50 people worked on the race, preparing the track, as gate judges and in the Mountain Rescue, etc.. The organization and the level of cooperation between the different participants worked really well. Overall we were extremely satisfied". The Super G and Sprint Downhill took place on Rendl. The competition was a premiere for St. Anton am Arlberg. "In future, these races would offer ideal training conditions"commented Mall.

    Home Victories

    From a sporting perspective, the World Criteria competition offers young athletes the opportunity to obtain their first FIS points. SCA member Andreas Mathis from Lech was able to win the Super G and made his best FIS points so far. A day later, Andreas came an excellent 2nd in the downhill, achieving his personal best result in this discipline. In the slalom, two SCA racers from St. Anton am Arlberg were able to demonstrate their abilities. Christian Borgnaes secured a win in the slalom some 1.13 seconds ahead of second placed Sebastien Andres (FRA) and Kieran Norris (IRL).
    Laura Strolz attracted attention with an excellent third place in the slalom