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The Swiss resort of Mürren, is celebrating the a hundredth anniversary of the primary slalom race held there on 21 January 1922.

As a part of the celebrations, a number of well-known names from the world of snowboarding will take part in a ceremonial race down the unique slalom piste on 17 January 2022.

British skier Sir Arnold Lunn campaigned for the popularity of the brand new sport and helped the village, within the coronary heart of the Bernese Oberland’s Jungfrau Area, to change into the cradle of Alpine ski racing.

As we speak greater than 1,800 skiers from all around the world collect for the well-known Inferno Race annually.

A number of of the opponents within the Inferno will probably be members of the Kandahar Ski Membership which Sir Arnold Lunn additionally performed an element in forming.

He and a bunch of British skiers based the membership on 30 January 1924 with the aim of selling downhill and slalom racing at a time when Alpine snowboarding competitions weren’t recognised internationally.

Sir Arnold helped organise the primary British nationwide ski championship in 1921 and these included a nationwide slalom race in addition to leaping and cross-country. However slalom races at the moment have been selected type.

Subsequently, the next yr he organised a model designed to check a skier’s capacity to show securely and quickly on steep Alpine floor within the quickest time.

Previous to the Kandahar Membership, Sir Arnold had already based the Alpine Ski Membership in 1908 and the Women Ski Membership in 1923.

He helped organise many ski races all over the world and in addition assisted within the marketing campaign to have Downhill and Slalom races included on the 1936 Olympic Video games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany when his son, Peter, was the captain of the British ski group.

In 1952 Sir Arnold was knighted for ‘Companies to British Snowboarding and Anglo-Swiss relations’.

He died in 1974 however his place in historical past lives on within the Swiss resort by way of a memorial stone with an inscription which says: ‘It was right here in Mürren that Arnold Lunn set the primary slalom in 1922 and organised the primary world championship in downhill and slalom racing in 1931.”

The Piz Gloria revolving restaurant on the Schilthorn in Murren gives a backdrop for a part of the Inferno race

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