From March 12 to 18th, 2nd World Deaf Alpine Skiing and Snowboard Championships took place in Innerkrems, Kärnten region, Austria.
A total of 16 athletes from Austria, Brazil, Czech Republic, Finland, Japan and Russia participated in the snowboard competitions.
A total of 36 athletes from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland participated in the Alpine Skiing competitions.
So altogether, 52 athletes participated in the 6 days" competitions demonstrating excellent sportsmanship and making lifelong friendship.
In Alpine skiing, Mr. Phillip Steiner, Switzerland, and Ms. Elena Yakovishina, Russia won three medals each, more than all the athletes in the competition.
On the last day of the competition, Mr. Philip Steiner, 30-year old, from Switzerland and a Deaflympian announced his retirement from Alpine Skiing, wearing a retro-style ski suit, wooden skis, and vintage boots.
He bid farewell to his fans and athletes for the very last time. Philip participated in two Winter Deaflympics, 16th Salt Lake, USA and 18th Khanty-Mansiysk/Magnitogorsk, Russia. Elena also participated in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Austrian Deaf Sports Federation thanked the OC for its commitment in organising the 2nd WDASSC.