CHIEMGAU ARENA – A sports facility throughout the ages (from 2012-part 1)
With the construction of the new Chiemgau Arena and hosting the Biathlon-World Championships in 2012, Ruhpolding not only strove to present a state-of-the-art facility, but also proved its leading position in the biathlon scene. The municipality was able to secure the architect Martin Renn from Fischen in the Allgäu region, for the renovations. Mr. Renn had already made a name for himself in sports infrastructure design with his design of the ski jump arena in Oberstdorf. A central element of the new facility is the main building with its dynamically curved roof covering the open air terrace shaped in the image of a ski shovel. With the stands located directly across from the shooting range, the Chiemgau Arena allows the visitors the greatest possible proximity to the competition and generates an electrifying, sensational yet intimate atmosphere known as the “witch’s cauldron,” like no other stadium in the world.
TOBIAS ANGERER (* 1977)
Tobias Angerer was born in Traunstein into a sports enthusiastic family and was a soldier-athlete starting for the Vachendorf Sports Club. From 2001 to 2007 he was one of the world’s best cross-country skiers. After his successful graduation from the CJD Christophorus School (the “Elite School of Sports”) in Berchtesgaden he was a member of the Berchtesgaden division of the German Army athletic promotion support group. His big breakthrough came during the 2001/02 season when he won first place in Kuopio for the 10 km freestyle. His good scores landed him on the 2002 Olympic team in Salt Lake City, where he was on the relay race bronze medal winning team along with Jens Filbrich, Andreas Schlütter and Rene Sommerfeldt. He won his first World Cup gold in the pursuit in 2004. The following season, Tobias Angerer was able to establish his position as a world-class athlete by winning the Overall World Cup in 2005/06 and 2006/07 and the Tour de Ski. By winning four Olympic medals (2 x Silver, 2 x Bronze) as well as seven medals in the Nordic Ski World Championships (4 x Silver, 3 x Bronze) Tobias Angerer belongs among the most successful and timeless cross country skiers of his time.