After Austria dominated on the slopes, the Romansh were called for to save the day for Switzerland on the central stage in Kulm Park. Rock music and hip-hop: two solid acts by Prefix and Liricas Analas stood up successfully to adversities of various kinds such as, again, canned Austrian après-ski sound.
As the championships are drawing to a close, one question gains more and more urgency: what will become of Edy the giant, the wooden skier who has been guarding so stoically the whole event? Jon the blogger suggests: turn him into a museum of local winter sports history. Imagine the top-of-the-world view from out of one of his eyes!
Actors Annina Sedlá?ek and Lorenzo Polin offered a special introduction to local history and to Puter, the Romansh variety spoken in and around St. Moritz. With only a few props they told the story of hardship, emigration and longing for home. Passersby were involved and got their fair share of paper snowballs with some words in Romansh and English – a fun way to start learning the language.
Twenty students from the Academia Engiadina Samedan performed the Marseillaise yesterday to honor the French who won the team event, an anthem in a language they might be quite familiar with. It would no doubt be much harder to intone the Hungarian anthem the right way, although this happening seems very unlikely. Best case scenario: more Swiss victories – neither words nor notes required.
Was ist zu tun, wenn plötzlich die Loipenspur aufhört und sich der Abgrund vor einem auftut. Abfahren, Abschnallen oder jeden Yogakurs, den man nicht besucht hat, verfluchen, weil die bremsende Grätsche einfach nur ein lächerlicher Ausfallschritt ohne Wirkung darstellt? An den Niagarafällen von St. Moritz ist schon so manche Schweissperle geflossen und Dramen der menschlichen Art erleben dort eine Art Höhepunkt. Im neuen Blogeintrag berichtet Anne-Marie Flammersfeld von Beobachtungen in der freien Wildbahn.
So much to do and see in St. Moritz over the weekend. Hockey, horse racing on the frozen lake and two downhill runs, the top events of the championships, both on the same day. About 30'000 people found their way to Salastrains to cheer for their favourite skiers. When was the last time such a huge crowd met for lunch?
Lise-Marie Morerod? You may be too young to remember her. She won the only medal for the Swiss team at the first ever world ski championships held in St. Moritz in 1974, but more importantly, she had a lasting influence on many a teenager at that time, not least on the writer of this blog who takes us back to the days when hills were covered with real snow.