January 2005 will see the running of the 65th Hahnenkamm-Rennen and the 103rd year of operation of the Kitzbuhel Ski Club. This race is marketed as “THE Race” and to all of those involved in Alpine Ski racing; it is the ultimate test for racers and indeed also for race officials. The pressures on the race organizers and on the competition juries are enormous, coming from the over 100,000 spectators who pay to see the races each year, from the media who number in the hundreds and from all of the athletes and coaches. The demands are incredible.
This race has traditionally been considered the most difficult assignment for any Technical Delegate. In 2001, Canada's Dave Pym became the first North American TD to be appointed to the position. Pym was re-appointed in 2002 and 2003, becoming the first TD to do the event 3 years.
This year another Canadian will take on the job of Technical Delegate during the 65th running of the Hahnenkamm. BC Alpine's Vice President, Gerry Rinaldi of Vancouver, has accepted this exciting challenge. His appointment is even more thrilling when you consider that Rinaldi was last down this course himself as a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski team on January 18th, 1969 – and he finished 10th!!!. The FIS were unaware of this when they selected him, and needless to say, the ROC members are very excited to have Gerry as their Technical Delegate