Innsbruck Track, Photo: Charlie Booker
Innsbruck (RWH) A former luger is set to take on responsibility for ice management at the artificial track in Innsbruck, Austria. Markus Kleinheinz, who won the overall Viessmann World Cup in the 2002/2003 winter season, will succeed Sepp Kienast as team leader for ice preparation.
In the coming winter season, Innsbruck hosts three racing series of the International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation IBSF. From November 6-11, 2016, the Olympic host town of 1964 and 1976 is venue of the first two races of IBSF Skeleton Intercontinental Cup and of race two and three of IBSF Skeleton Europe Cup. The BMW IBSF Bob + Skeleton World Cup 2016-2017 comes to Innsbruck from January 30 – February 5, 2017, for the seventh of eight races.
Markus Kleinheinz, who celebrates his 40th birthday on 27 August, competed in two Olympic Winter Games, finishing fifth (at Nagano in 1998) and eighth (at Salt Lake City in 2002). The Tyrolean athlete finished fifth (2005) and sixth (2003) in the World Championships.

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