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PARALYMPIC ATHLETES | WILDSCHÖNAU 2004
Alpine Skiing World Championships 2004 © WWW.TALBRONSTEIN.NET
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Alpine Skiing World Championships 2004 in Wildschoenau


High mountains, blue sky, friendly locals, lots of snow - the ski resort of Wildschoenau in Austria had it all. And, if ultra-modern sport’s equipment, designer outfits, growing numbers of spectators and visiting celebrities are other world-class-event’s indicators, the conditions were right to make this year’s Alpine Skiing World Championships a full success. In the eyes of most participants it all worked out well.

The athletes from as far away as South Africa and Japan gave their best, breaking a number of world records and - thanks to successful lobbying - the international media decided to report extensively.

For some of the visiting youngsters, hearing stories about how it all started, must have felt like stories from another world.

But it was actually not that long ago, namely in the 1940s, when the number of returning war amputees shot up and the interest in this kind of sport started to develop.

The pioneers of disability winter sport were mostly war amputees from Austria and Germany, young and athletic guys who just did not want to accept the fact that skiing on one leg or without the support of arms or hands should not be possible.

Later those amputees were joined by athletes in wheelchairs and also blind skiers who chose to ride down the hills at high speed by staying close to their sighted mates in front of them.

Most of the initial problems with unstable artificial limbs and weight distribution have definitely been mastered in the meantime. Watching today's world-class athletes race down the hill says it all.



© 2004 Steffen Berk

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