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Marianne Rubi, eight-time record winner of the Inferno downhill race
Marianne Rubi, eight-time record winner of the Inferno downhill race

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78TH INFERNO-RACES 2021 WITH A STRONG INTERNATIONAL FIELD SOLD OUT

The 78th International Inferno-Races from January 20th -23rd 2021 are now sold out. Around 300 more competitors have registered for the downhill race than the maximum number of participants allowed. Numerous top ski racers from Switzerland and abroad will be in the starting gate.

The 78th Inferno-Races from 20th -23rd January 2021 are fully booked. Over 2150 registrations were received for the downhill. The field of participants is limited to a maximum of 1850 competitors. Registrations were submitted from a total of 24 nations and 25 Swiss cantons. For the women’s downhill, the eight-time record winner Marianne Rubi from Grindelwald is at the start. Four-time downhill winner Nicole Bärtschi and the winner of 2012 and 2017, Nadine Züger-Mächler, will also have a say in the matter. The three Swiss women are challenged by last year's silver medallist Chemmy Alcott from Great Britain. The former top World Cup rider was only 82 hundredths of a second behind Rubi in 2020, but she was racing with two film cameras for the BBC.

Numerous men's Inferno winners at the start

Numerous Inferno Downhill winners are also at the start for the men’s race: Last year's winner Ruedi Brawand from Grindelwald will try to defend his title. He is hunted by, among others, the three-time winner Mathias Salzmann from Naters, Brian Brog from Meiringen or the Central Swiss Felix Tschümperlin and Marco Michel. They have all been able to win the downhill race in recent years. The six-time record winner Heinz Fringer from Arosa will also take part in 2021.

Strong challengers with World Cup experience

In the coming edition, there will also be strong challengers with World Cup experience and we will probably have a duel between Switzerland and Austria for the first time: Josef “Pepi” Strobl from Austria will take part in the Inferno for the first time. In his career he achieved 7 World Cup victories and 22 podium places, making him one of the most successful ski racers in Austria. Strobl has already won the Austrian counterpart to the Inferno race, the White Ring in Lech, three times in a row. Strobl will start in the Doppelmayr Racing Team, which is considered the favourite for victory in the team championship. Mathias Gorbach and Riccardo Rädler, two more serial winners of the Austrian popular ski races and top contenders for the main event will also be in the Doppelmayr Racing Team. Two former successful Skicross World Cup competitors from Switzerland will also be in action: Richard Spalinger, the 2008 World Cup podium racer (Flaine (F)) and Conradign Netzer, three-time podium placed in the Ski Cross World Cup and Swiss Ski Cross champion 2011, both took part in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver (CAN). Long-time World Cup rider and last year's seventh placed Dougie Crawford from Great Britain will take part and former Formula 1 world champion and 22-time Formula 1 winner Damon Hill will also compete in the upcoming edition after making their debuts in 2020. Philippe Steiner and his Deaf-Racer team will also be competing despite all being deaf. "There will be an absolute top-class, international field of competitors," confirms Christoph Egger, OC President of the Inferno-Races. "We're looking forward to an incredibly exciting race in January 2021"

The OC expects the Inferno Races to be held regularly in 2021. Nevertheless, it has created a plan B, which among other things includes the division of the downhill race over two days. The OK Inferno Race reported on this in detail in an earlier report.

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Schilthorn Cableway Ltd (Switzerland) connects the Lauterbrunnen valley from Stechelberg with the idyllically situated, car-free mountain villages of Gimmelwald and Mürren, continuing via Birg station to the Schilthorn summit at 2970 m.a.s.l. The panoramic views of over 200 high-Alpine mountain peaks and the UNESCO Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau World Heritage landscape are unrivalled. The Schilthorn acquired international prominence through the filming of the James Bond movie «On Her Majesty's Secret Service» in 1968, and Secret Agent 007 has been an integral part of the Schilthorn experience ever since. At the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant, guests can revel in 360-degree panoramic views while they dine on regional dishes and snacks. Belonging to Schilthorn Cableway, the Allmendhubel funicular railway runs from the heart of Mürren village up to the same-named top station – a starting point for hikes and popular excursion destination for families. The Schilthorn world of experience is a popular destination with guests of all ages – for sports activities, culture, leisure and pleasure.

Schilthorn Cableway Ltd is based in Interlaken, the internationally renowned resort and favoured excursion starting point for guests from all over the globe.

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Schilthorn Cableway Ltd is based in Stechelberg and connects the Lauterbrunnen valley from Stechelberg with the car-free mountain villages of Gimmelwald and Mürren, continuing via Birg station to the Schilthorn summit at 2970 m.a.s.l. In front of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the Schilthorn region offers numerous activities for guests from all over the globe. The Schilthorn acquired international prominence through the filming of the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" in 1968.

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