For the First Time in the History of Ski Racing, an Iranian is Taking
Part in an FIS World Cup Race
TEHERAN and VIENNA, Jan. 19 /CNW/ -
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"I have always dreamt of taking part in the FIS world cup in Kitzbuhel
and I will do what I can to score a point finish," says 24-year old Hossein
Kalhor, who hails from the Iranian town of Dizin. It sounds unbelievable.
Although there are ski regions in Iran, the country has never been known as a
ski nation. But at the slalom race on 25 and 27 January 2009, this will become
a reality. On the way there, he will be supported by country trainer Michael
Stocker, who has been training for weeks with Kalhor in his home town of Dizin
The young athlete is excellently qualified, especially since his results
at the international Grasski tournament were outstanding. At the world cup
race in 2007, Kalhor took second place and this year he earned a bronze medal.
Last year, he secured the Iranian 'Champion of Champions' title at the
championship finals in Teheran. For Kalhor, born in 1984, the son of a
mountain farmer, the races in Austria are a return to the roots of his career:
on 16 July 2004 he completed his first FIS Grasski race as part of the youth
league in Bad Tatzmannsdorf.
The legendary race in Kitzbuhel in Tyrol however is not everything for
Kalhor. Beforehand, on 20 and 21 January 2009, he is entering the giant slalom
in Kirchberg and immediately afterwards, on 22 January 2009, the slalom in
Westendorf. The night slalom in Schladming on 27 January 2009 forms the
conclusion of his Austrian tour.
Kalhor is not worried about the competition. "Although Grasski is not
generally known in Austria, it is much harder and much more dangerous," he
smiles. "During the winter we train on the ski piste in order to be optimally
prepared for the Grasski season in the summer," says the Iranian. A weighty
announcement, but not at all surprising for Kalhor: at 9 kilograms, he was the
heaviest baby to be born in Iran.
(S E R V I C E - website: http://www.hossein-kalhor.com)
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