Ingemar Stenmark releases limited model for ski goggles with Spektrum

By on December 19, 2017

In Ingemar Stenmark’s house there are 86 windows. Just as many windows as he has world cup wins. You will not be the best skier in the world through the ages if you don’t a mind for details.

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the words Ingemar Stenmark? To many Swedes it is easy. A great athlete. The world’s best skiers and the very origin of the lift queue on so many unusual backs around the country ringed long in the 70’s and 80’s. Everywhere and every weekend, all winter, froze a whole generation of toes around the country in Lange ski boots, on Elan skis, with pants in lycra. At the same time as mother and grandmas knitted top caps so the fingers were aching. You may wonder if any Swedish athlete has ever been so loved. So embraced by the Swedishest of all – the dream about beat from underdog. And what could actually be better than a silent guy from the mountain world who beat the whole world elite? Who then, when he got the question of the secret to why he was so good, he said, “It’s just to go.” The myth grew in the home.

In the woods that Stenmark comes from, Tärnaby in Västerbotten’s Inland, the moose hunt was the holiest of all. About that part of Sweden it used to said that: “The neighborhood stops when the moose hunt goes on.” But then Ingemar came and then the whole Sweden stayed in the middle of the footsteps. When he raced against Thöni, Gros, the brothers Mahre, Krizaj, Heidegger and everyone else the traffic stopped in Stockholm. When Ingemar raced, the church vicar moved the divine service times. The priests said that it was because no-one went to the morning service, but in the congregation everyone knew how sport interested the church vicar was. When Ingemar raced, the Swedish parliament took a break and at school the teachers took the TV in the classroom. Not a math number was counted, not a single pronoun written down. However, a lot of invective spoken. It was not easy to endure the nervous ordeal.

Each television broadcast was a beset and accept in emotion. First Ingemar’s two race, where he usually won with hundreds of a second. Or yes. In 1979 he won all the grand slalom in the season, actually 12 races in a row! In Jasna, that year, he won the grand slalom with 4.09 seconds. It’s like winning a 10,000-meter race when the others have one lap left. He won a slalom competition in Kitzbühel with 3.16 seconds. Yes, he was so fortunate that the rules for winning the World Cup were changed. 1979 when Ingemar won all the grand slalom of the season, he still did not win the World Cup. Instead won Peter Lüscher, who scraped together a victory in an individual VC contest and a pair of combinations. In Sweden, people were ravaged. In the Alps, they were excited that the thrill of the World Cup, as a contest, also lived after Christmas.

“It was like a nightmare for our other top skiers,” Gustavo Thöni told Aftonbladet before continuing: “The man was inhuman good. He just won and won and won.”

Paolo Di Chiesa, is now an expert commentator on Italian RAI. Paolo became second in Madonna di Campiglio in 1974, where Stenmark won his first of 86 World Cup victories. A victory that came when he went up from 22a to first place. Di Chiesa says it was honorable to be second in the contest and for him the matter is clear who is the world’s best. “Ingemar is the biggest one. Thats how it is. Yes, in fact, I do not even allow discussions on this subject.”

Ingemar Stenmark goes to the story of his victories and his sporting talent. But also for his integrity, his sense of detail and his absolute will to be himself. For fifteen years he was at the top of the world. From 1974 when he won in Madonna di Campiglio until 1989 when he won the 86 victory in Aspen. It is of course impossible to describe this time for those who were not in the classroom or on a small hill in the Swedish hinterland when the lift queue winding to the center of the village or at Kungsgatan in the capital when it was crowded; and all this just because a loved athlete was the best of all on skiing. That was unreal. Still true.

86 World Cup wins are always on track.

Ingemar ski goggles are sold exclusively through www.spektrumeye.com and cost 4000: –

They are available in only 86 copies and delivered signed and numbered in an exclusive box along with a list of Ingemar’s winnings in the Alpine World Cup.

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