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Nowadays, there is no big sports event like a World Championship taking place withouth volunteers. These busy helpers coming from countries from all over the world have found their way to Seefeld to help during the second Nordic Ski World Championships after 1985. Speaking of 1985, there are several locals involved that were already helping in 1985, four of them present today.
Peter Schauer and Günter Hörtnagl are just two men from Seefeld who are busy helping to make sure that these Championships are a big success. Both of them are working for the transportation service and take athletes, officials, judges and journalist from one Championship location to the next right on time. Being a local is helping tremendously to avoid traffic during this stressful time.
Günter Hörtnagl is experiencing these World Championships from a different standpoint than 35 years ago. Then, he was the restaurant tenant at the media centre and responsible for providing food for up to 600 people daily. He fondly remembers TV legends such as Teddy Podgorski and Erich Weiss who were working at the media centre then. He had so much work to do that he didn’t experience much of the Championships. Therefore he is very happy that he has a different job now to take part in the hustle and bustle much more.
Peter Schauer is one of the Seefeld locals that even experienced the Olympic Games in 1964 as a child. In 1985 he was working for the Red Cross during the Nordic Ski World Championship. Contrary to Günter Hörtnagl he had more chances to experience the competitions. He saw several cross-crountry skiers laying motionless in the snow behind the finish line. These pictures he probably won’t see during the Championships 2019.
Both locals are very happy that Seefeld is hosting a big international sports event again. In their opinion, the village is benefitting a lot from the investments in the local infrastructure. Furthermore, they like to be in contact with people from all over the world and are happy to be able to refresh their language skills. They think that the Championships 1985 were cosier but are highly motivated to ensure that the current World Championships become a big success.