CHIEMGAU ARENA – A sports facility throughout the ages (from 2012-part 2)
The main grandstands of the Chiemgau Arena accommodate up to 15,000 spectators during the Biathlon World Cup. An additional 15,000 spectators can follow the critical moments both at the shooting range and the gripping race scenes along the tracks on many video screens. During the races, the area behind the main building serves as a TV compound and media area. The Chiemgau Arena facilities, including areas for the athletes, organizing committee offices, the booth and the medical laboratory for doping-controls, meet the highest international expectations and standards. For year-around training opportunities, the Chiemgau Arena is equipped with a 6 km long asphalted roller-ski track. From November onwards, the training and competition ski tracks can be groomed with snow by a modern snow-making system which produces artificially created snow and also allows for snow-farming, the preservation of snow during the off-season. This provides an excellent beginning to the winter season by ensuring the best possible training conditions.
EVI SACHENBACHER-STEHLE (* 1980)
Born in 1980 in Traunstein, Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle grew up in the cross-country ski village of Reit im Winkl and started for her home club WSV, before she began her athletic career with the Bischofswiesen military athletic promotion group and participated in her first World Cup cross country ski race at age 18 in 1998. The first highlight of her young career was her relay race gold medal win in the 2002 Olympic winter games in Salt Lake City. In addition to another Olympic gold medal in the team sprint in Vancouver in 2010, Evi Sachenbacher won a silver medal in the 2002 games in Salt Lake City, in 2006 in Turin and 2010 in Vancouver. In the Nordic Ski-
World Championships she won 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 Bronze medals. In 2012 she announced her switch from cross-country skiing to biathlon, and quickly qualified to compete in the Biathlon-World Cup. By March 2013, she could celebrate her first World Cup gold medal in the relay race.