Roland Kallan started his tobogganing career early. He started at the age of 6 in the bobsleigh club in Hüttau at the age of 6, competed in European and World Championships from 1992 to 2005 and was able to celebrate 5 World Cup podium finishes. Together with his brother Gerald, he finished fourth at the Junior European Championships in 1994. In 2002 he became Austrian national champion. In 2004, the natural track bobsleigh European Championships took place in Hüttau, but the track has not been in use since 2005. Until today Roland is still committed to the sport of bobsledding. He is the President of the Salzburg Bobsleigh Association and as chairman of the Bobsleigh Club Hüttau, he is always on the lookout for motivated youngsters. The club currently has 30 active members, four of whom are "youngsters" who race on the artificial track. Training mainly takes place in Innsbruck this winter, after storms damaged the track in Königsee in the summer. Roland's wife Elfriede helps out with the "dry training" indoors and helps the young athletes to improve their physical condition and coordination.
Noah's career started just as early. "I started in the club at the age of 6 and soon switched to the artificial track together with my cousin. You sort of grow up with it," Noah looks back on his beginnings. 11 years and numerous successes later sport occupies a large place in his life. Thanks to the support of his family and his attendance at the Raiffeisen SSM, a sports school in Salzburg, he is able to balance sport, travel and school. The season lasts from October to February, and just one day after our conversation, the 17-year-old athlete went on to Winterberg. There he finished 7th in the Junior World Championships as one of the youngest.
Fortunately, tobogganing does not require a special suit and metal spikes on the gloves. However, I was able to elicit a few tips for hobby sledders from the pros: " Equipment is also very important for tobogganing and sledging – such as non-slip shoes, warm clothing, ski goggles and a helmet." Above all, braking should be practised. When braking, sit up straight and press the whole sole against the ground. In addition, you can pull up the front of the sled or toboggan with the help of the rope to brake even better. When whizzing down, lean back and lift your legs. The more you lean back, the better you can build up speed. You dan also use your feet to steer. On a toboggan, the best way to get around a bend is to shift your weight and steer with your hands. With these tips, your next toboggan ride is sure to be "a real blast"!
You can find more information about toboggan runs in the Salzburger Sportwelt region here:
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