Communication and support between both athletes and ambassadors during the WWMG 2020 is something that makes the world biggest winter sports festival for 30+ year olds so special. Ambassadors have achieved both Olympic and International stature throughout their careers and are now here in Innsbruck to assist and encourage the athletes with their chosen disciplines. The ambassadors of the Winter World Masters Games 2020 include former athletes which became celebrities in Austria. They believe in the power of sport to build brighter futures and healthy lifestyle. They regularly support programmes, campaigns and appear as speakers at events.
For example, Toni Innauer, Olympic Champion in Ski Jumping, in 1976 succeeded in the men's large hill individual ski jumping competition. The Winter Olympics were held in Bergiselschanze.
Ambassadors participating at the WWMG 2020
But there are also ambassadors who competed in selected races and thus spread the spirit among all athletes. Martin Koch, Andreas Goldberger and Anette Boe were in Seefeld for the last days. Goldberger and Koch mixed up the field of participants properly. Both won three medals in their age classes: Gold at the Nordic Combined event and HS 109 Ski Jumping competition. In the team classification they finished in the 3rd place. Anette Boe participated in the Short Classic 7.5KM race. As a passionate cross-country skier and Tyrol lover, she won the W60-Categorie. “I started in Seefeld 1985 with two golds, one silver and one bronze. Since then, Seefeld has been deep in my heart. I also had the opportunity to work for the FIS Nordic World Championship in Seefeld 2019, what has been a great experience. With pride I am now a WWMG ambassador and looking forward to starting in the Cross-Country Skiing competition. I will go for all in, although I am 62-years old” explains Anette.
Ambassadors hand over medals
In addition, Alexander Pointner and Roger Bader were present at the medal ceremonies of their sport disciplines and presented the medals. Pointer also spontaneously looked ahead to other sports. Last minute, he decided to participate as a forerunner in the Alpine Skiing competitions on Patscherkofel and was overwhelmed by the great spirit among all athletes.
The ambassador´s career at a glance
Martin Koch, Olympic champion, is an Austrian former ski jumper. Martin started his World Cup career in 1999 and finished in the top 3 in all ski jumping events eighteen times. This included two victories with the first being on 8 January 2011 in Harrachov. He also won a silver medal at the 2008 Ski Flying World Championships and six gold medals in team events at the 2006 Winter Olympics and World Championships. He made his last World Cup jump on 22 March 2013 on a large hill in Planica.
Andreas Goldberger, World champion, is an Austrian former ski jumper who competed from 1991 to 2005. Despite his success in ski jumping, Goldberger preferred ski flying – a more extreme version of normal ski jumping, in which distances are far greater.
Anette Boe, World Champion, is a former Norwegian cross-country skier. Her biggest successes as a cross-country skier were at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, where she took gold in the 4 × 5 km relay (1982) and the 10 km (1985), silver in the 4 × 5 km relay (1985, 1987), and a bronze in the 20 km (1985). She also won the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in 1985.
Alexander Pointner, Ski Jumping trainer, is the former head coach of the Austrian ski jumping team. He says: “If I think back to my time as a ski jumper and later as a coach, major events like this one were always special. Being at the heart of an incredible atmosphere makes it an unforgettable experience.”
Roger Bader, is a Swiss retired ice hockey player and coach, who coached the Austrian national team at the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Bader was appointed as a interim team manager of the Austrian men's national team in October 2016. In April 2017, he was promoted to the A-group with the team at the B-World Cup, in the following month, his contract as national coach was extended, and he also took over the sporting management of all national teams in Austria.
Winter World Masters Games are a huge sport event not only for Tyrol but also for everyone personally. WWMG Ambassadors point out that very friendly people live here in Innsbruck. They have no doubt that everything will be done to provide the athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators with the maximum comfort.
Some of the Ambassadors also participate in the Winter World Masters Games as athletes. The results of their performances can be found HERE.
From left to right: Presenter Martin Misof and Toni Innauer