Newcomer to Lake Louise – Downhill Lightweight World Cup snuffs the air

Newcomer to Lake Louise - Downhill Lightweight World Cup snuffs the air
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Yannick Chabloz is participating in the World Cup in Lake Louise for the first time. However, this does not guarantee him to start on a run.

When Swiss-Ski sent the roster to start speed at Lake Louise (November 26 through November 28) last Friday, the list of candidates for two runs (Friday and Saturday) included unusual names. Arnaud Boiset (23), Alexis Monni (21) and Yannick Chabloz (22) are yet to compete for the World Cup. The trio are part of the Swiss B team and are now in Canada to taste the World Cup for the first time.

At the beginning of the year, Chabloz caught the attention of the elite twice in the downhill. In February he was the fastest in the Austrian championship in Saalbach-Hinterglm (due to the World Cup, however, the best drivers were missing). At the end of March, Nidwalden’s man finished second at the Swiss Championships in Zinle, a hundredth of a second behind Ralf Weber.

Ambition connects her to her brother

In Lake Louise, apart from the World Cup line-up, another dream comes true for Chabloz. «I’ve always wanted to go to Canada. And I haven’t been disappointed. It is surprisingly winter here in Lake Louise and the panorama speaks for itself », says the motion expert, who, thanks to his French-speaking parents, also speaks full French.

Chabloz comes from a sports-loving family. His younger brother Maxim (20) is a three-time junior world champion in kitesurfing. “He was always the freestyler of the two of us and I was the more activist,” says the newcomer to the World Cup. “What unites us is that we both want to be the best at our games.”

The start of the World Cup is not guaranteed

Chabloz is looking to impose himself in the next few days’ training sessions for the World Cup to be held in Lake Louise. Because the line-up alone does not guarantee a member of the Beckenreid-Klevenalp Ski Club a race start in the broad-based Swiss team.

With a body weight of 78 kg, Chabloz is one of the lighter weights among downhill skiers. However, the math student isn’t afraid of the gliding passage: “I saw I could live there too.”

In the further course of the season Chabloz sees himself in the European Cup. There he looks to make a definite start in the downhill with good results for the upcoming World Cup winter. Because something must be guaranteed: Chabloz needed more in the Lake Louise days.

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