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This weekend the World Cup series 2022 in skydiving in Locarno/Switzerland ended. HSV Red Bull Salzburg was there represented in the team as well as in the individual competition and was able to close the season with a very successful overall balance.
With an excellent performance, Magdalena Schenner jumped to fourth place in the women’s ranking and is the first Austrian to be able to look forward to a well-deserved victory in the 2022 World Cup.
At the last stop of the parachute jump World Cup series, which took place in Locarno (SUI) from September 23rd to 25th, the athletes of HSV Red Bull Salzburg showed another strong performance at the season finale. The result is a gold medal in the overall World Cup, which Salzburg can take home.
The last stop of the World Cup series offers difficult conditions for the skydivers due to the bad weather. After a few stand-by breaks due to rain, the competition was finally completed on Sunday with six laps. Because of this, it remained exciting until the end, and not only the HSV Red Bull Salzburg athletes had to struggle with the wind and changing thermals. Nevertheless, Magdalena Schenner was able to end her first World Cup year after the baby break with a great placement at the last stop. With a peak performance of only 9 cm deviation, she just missed the podium with fourth place. However, this rank is enough and so she secured victory in the women’s ranking in the overall World Cup. “It is unimaginable and I would never have dreamed of becoming 1st in the overall World Cup. I have achieved something that goes beyond my goals. This year is one of the most successful years I had at the beginning,” said the Thalgau native, enthusiastic about the end of the season. Alongside the junior overall World Cup winner Sebastian Graser, she is the first Austrian athlete to have won an overall World Cup.
Her colleagues also showed good performances again, although the extremely strong competition gave up. The army athlete Sophie Grill had to settle for seventh place in the juniors category (14th place in the women’s category) after a botched last round. Nonetheless, he finally secured fifth place in the overall World Cup for juniors and seventh for women on Swiss soil. Her colleagues Marina Kücher and Christina Graml took 18th and 26th place in Locarno, as well as 13th and 23rd place in the overall women’s World Cup.
In the junior ranking, the two HSV Red Bull Salzburg athletes Michael Urban and Joachim Knauss took 13th and 15th place. They thus finished the overall World Cup for juniors in 8th and 12th place.
The men also had to contend with the difficult conditions in Swiss airspace. Last year’s overall Junior World Cup winner, Sebastian Graser, was the best of the Salzburg athletes and took 52nd place in the strong men’s field. He finished the overall World Cup in 38th place. His colleagues Michael Löberbauer (rank 59, overall World Championship 53), Thomas Reisenbichler (rank 101, overall World Championship 86), Anton Gruber (rank 112, overall World Championship 76), Manuel Sulzbacher ( 116th place, overall World Championship 71) and Ivaylo Delev (124th place, overall World Championship 30) had to admit defeat to the enormously good competition in Switzerland.
After the World Cup series in target jumping, the HSV Red Bull Salzburg formation team is now preparing directly for the World Championships in Eloy, USA at the end of October. At the same time, the preparations for the winter and the associated World Cup series in para-ski are already beginning.
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