the first reason is that the race is more fair because the light is much more consistent, even in adverse weather conditions. The second is that it draws many more fans because most people aren't working and can go watch the race and treat it more like a party. If the fans are enjoying themselves, the sport grows. Lastly, having a night race in Europe gives the fans back in the states a chance to watch during a normal hour instead of a 2-4am time slot depending where you live. If you don't get universal sports, you can always watch the races at www.fromsport.com.
I hope I can ski my best when it comes to these two races Sunday and Tuesday night. We are having a great training block in Soelden, even skied a little bit of gs (scary, I know). The tech team will be heading over towards Kitzbuhel tomorrow to compete in the Westendorf FIS night slalom that night. This is another race that is fun to compete in are great for fans to watch. It's sort of a warm up race for the next two world cups so a lot of the top fifteen are there. Everybody shows up and really charges because there are no repercussions for DNFing and there is a 5,000 Euro prize for first place.
I want to give a shout out to USANA for providing me with vitamins and meal shakes to take when the food in Europe is unbearable. Being healthy and feeling fueled is huge in skiing whether you are racing, on hill training or in the gym. USANA products help me stay energetic so I can train hard and ski my best!
Europe food is brutal, except wiener schnitzel... and leberkase. Nom nom nom.