Austria and alpine sports

December 04, 2004

Being an Austrian, you quite early get the feeling that the thing Austrian’s are most proud of is their success in alpine sports. Once the first snow-flake has fallen, there’s no way you’ll evade the plethora of commenters suffering from fits of hysteria while praising our so-called heroes and heroines, who manage to race down every hill-side from Austria to the US, with victory only a matter of time (literally). Well, if you don’t share that enthusiasm, you are truly doomed. If, for example, you choose to watch a bit of TV on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, you’re out of luck. Today, starting at 4:00 p.m. and ending at 10:55 p.m., there’s only one thing to be seen. People in tight spandex suits, racing or jumping down places, with curious boards attached to their feet. And if you’re a Sunday afternoon TV person, it’ll hit you even harder. Starting at 12:25 p.m. and ending at 9:25 p.m., you’ll be able to witness all the great things the Austrian ski-gods do for their country. For those moments of glory, I happily sacrifice that 20 € mandatory TV fee per month.