(FOX) – The European Ski Team will be back on the slopes in a few weeks.
The ESE Team will host a packed showcase of their best skiers at their ‘Dreams Out Loud’ Festival in St Moritz, Switzerland, on February 2-4.
The team believes the event will be “emotional” for their players, whose careers have been marked by a long list of injuries and illness.
Among the leading names expected to compete are Austrian alpine star Marcel Hirscher, as well as Peter Fill, who was runner-up at the 2017 World Championships in Aspen.
The ESE team were disbanded by the Swiss Ski Federation in 1994 after the death of Ester Ledecka, who was the chief ski designer for the team.
They were re-founded in 2009, but injuries, illness and lack of available competitions have seen the team struggle to maintain the same level of success as in the first years.
For the ESE – which was actually formed in 1999 – to draw a line under injury problems and re-establish themselves in the world of European skiing would be a positive step.
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“It’s impossible to compare to what they did before,” ESE director, Alberto Ciriano, told the ESPN FIM Analyst over the phone.
“Every year we have good young guys, some rookies, some Olympic athletes who push to the limit, but unfortunately in our sport the athletes need to avoid injuries and when they do they are very difficult to overcome.”
This year’s festival has over 30 athletes from four countries, including Brazil, Spain and Argentina. While the Swiss team will feature Hirscher, who this week broke the record for the longest World Cup season victory streak after his 50th win of the season.
“Many countries have received players from the World Cup Ski Team, the Swiss including Marcel Hirscher, France, Russia etc. with a lot of success,” Ciriano added.
There is little chance of missing out on the tournament, as they have a reserved place for the European Ski Team in the 12-team field which will be decided by a vote of the sponsors and the team directors.
During the Festival, Ciriano added that the players will be able to get their minds off the minor injuries and illnesses that beset them all the time, and have a chance to get back in the mood to compete.
“The most important point we want to mention is that it will be an emotional event. Every athlete who has qualified for the Festival, they’re going to give something more. So it’s going to be a very positive experience.”
For complete information on the “Dreams Out Loud” Festival – go to https://www.euroskiedemandgroup.com/en/
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