Skijoring On A Different Level -- Skiers, Including Pros, Pulled Behind Race Cars

Skijoring is a skiing and riding discipline that usually involves the skier or snowboarder being pulled by a dog or horse. Clearly, as the animal gets bigger, the speeds and the danger get higher, which also drives the level of excitement even higher than that. Is there a way for that to be outdone? Well, if one were to trade dogs and horses for pure horsepower, that might get the job done, and it all happened at this year's GP Ice Race in Zell am See and Kaprun, Austria.

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According to a report from The ClassicCars.Com Journal, a near-record crowd of 16,000 race fans showed up to see vintage and modern race cars take to the snow and ice-covered tracks. But, the fancy cars were not alone this time as Sunday's race action included motor vehicle skijoring.

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There were some big names from the ski racing world getting pulled around the track by these high-powered race machines. Norwegian skier Aksel Lund Svindal, a man well known on the World Cup circuit, had the pleasure of trading in an alpine run for being towed behind a Porsche 911 Carrera 4x4 that just happened to be a winner of the Dakar Rally.

Another man who needs little introduction when it comes to ski racing not only got the chance to run behind a car but also behind the wheel of a car. Austrian ski sensation, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and one of the most winningest competitors in alpine World Cup history, Marcel Hirscher, took the opportunity to get pulled by the Red Bull-sponsored Audi S1 EKS WRX Quattro. But, he also got to show off his driving prowess by taking a turn at actually racing the car.

Ski pros, fast cars, and ski pros being towed, at speed, behind those fast cars. This isn't something that the FIS will likely add to its schedule anytime soon, but if one is a fan of racing of several types, this might be something to look out for next year.

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