Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Bode Miller ordered tea here, Herminator wanted AC/DC

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The skis of the stars are hanging on his wall: Beni Scheiber, host of the Start Bar (left).

This dining room is bursting with contrasts. During this race week, ski tourists sit at a table with the world’s best ski racers and their supervisors in the Startbar on the Lauberhorn. On the wooden wall, a signed racing ski by US superstar Bode Miller (45) catches the eye. And a racing outfit by the legendary Canadian Manuel Osborne Paradis (38) hangs on the carved Gemskopf.

“I have a very special relationship with these downhill legends,” emphasizes Beni Scheiber, who lives in Basel, who built this restaurant 20 years ago right behind the start house of the Lauberhorn downhill run. Above all, Scheiber has special memories of Miller. “Bode was really a rock’n’roller among the racing drivers, who sometimes stayed at the bar until 4 a.m. the night before a race,” says Scheiber and continues with a grin: “Once Miller was in the starting area – scarred by the nightlife – bent over his ski poles and almost fell asleep. He then came to my bar and, contrary to his usual drinking habits, ordered a peppermint tea. After that he was really fit again.”

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