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Five downhill skiers looked death in the eye on the Streif

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In 1989, the Canadian Brian Stemmle got caught in a safety net on the steep slope exit on the Streif and sustained serious injuries.


Marcel W. Perrenski reporter

The trainer and father of five-time overall World Cup winner Marc Girardelli saw the disaster coming in January 1989. «At the steep slope exit there is a ditch next to the net that urgently needs to be filled up. Otherwise, a racing driver will fly into the net very badly here.”

The then race director Toni Sailer (died in 2009) rejected Senior Girardelli’s application to the team management with the words “shut up, Helmut”. And the lack of insight from the three-time Olympic champion from 1956 almost cost Brian Stemmle his life.

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