Markus Wasmeier is dissatisfied with the FIS World Ski Federation. The double Olympic champion from 1994 not only criticizes the traditional World Cup opener, but also the plans to give up a discipline.
The German ski legend Markus Wasmeier has sharply criticized the World Ski Federation FIS for its decision to stick to the traditional World Cup opener in Sölden on October 23.
“For me as an athlete, the Sölden races were a disaster because they take place several weeks before the season really starts,” said the 1994 double Olympic champion “Sport1”. “I wouldn’t have a problem if Sölden didn’t take place anymore,” said the 58-year-old clearly.
Wasmeier not only disliked the continuation of the first race of the season on the Austrian glacier. The former ski racer also angered the proposal by FIS Marketing Director Jürgen Capol to abolish the Super G. “I think that’s total nonsense,” said Wasmeier, who won the Super G World Cup in 1985/1986. Instead of the speed discipline, “every parallel slalom and every combination” would be deleted.
Capol’s idea of making the Alpine World Cup more exciting with an ascent and descent system, Wasmeier comments with sarcasm: “You can do a lot to ruin a sport like this. You’re on the right track.”