The words «Cristal Da Glatsch» in the Rhaeto-Romanic language translate as «Ice Crystal». The club’s naming pays homage to both the ice that brings the Olympia Bob Run to life and the ice track’s location in the Romanic Engadine. The club’s members are mostly business people whose heart beats for Swiss traditional winter sports, both to watch and to participate in. Founded in September 2017, Cristal Da Glatsch aims to support the Olympia track while enjoying camaraderie and speed burn. The Olympia Bob Run St.Moritz-Celerina in the Engadine Valley, Switzerland, is the oldest and only naturally refrigerated bobsled track in the world. It served as host to the 1928 and the 1948 Winter Olympics and is hand-built year by year by the same families of mountain farmers since generations.
To kick off the new club with a bang, Cristal Da Glatsch organized a bobsled race on March 1. The CEOs of HeiQ, KJUS, Comitas and Mia Engiadina, put themselves forward as participants and shared bobsleds with experienced Swiss world champions, like Marcel Rohner and Cla Mosca, to race downhill at more than 130 km/h. All of participants were inspired and exhilarated by the experience.
To support this great Swiss tradition, HeiQ and KJUS, sponsored the leading-edge and tailor-made bob suits for this event. Just as KJUS, HeiQ wants to excel in making textiles perfect and best performing. Skintight and aerodynamic suits are essential for the race to reduce drag on the way into the bob and down the run. The gear combines a stunning drag reduction performance with a comfortable fit enabled by a secret HeiQ finishing technology minimizing air resistance and enhanced quick dry properties.
Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ, was inspired by the unique event. He explains, “A state of play is critical to innovation. It’s no wonder that an event like this led to all sorts of (crazy) ideas in the HeiQ team’s heads. If I was going to sit in a bobsled I wanted to do it with gear that really lets me maximize speed. Upgrading apparel with textile technologies is what we excel in here at HeiQ, so we were in the enviable position of being able to customize ‘limited edition’ drag-reduced bob suits.” Having in mind already the next idea, he adds right after the race, “It was really cold. We need to add heating technology to this textile.”
Nico Serena, CEO of KJUS, ads: “Sports, the mountains and the desire to always strive for perfection, are part of who we are. At KJUS, we’re always working towards the future of ski apparel. Speed is one of the goals we work towards, besides functionalities such as light-weight, breathability and warmth. We were delighted to support this event.”
All sponsors who supported the race were overwhelmed by each participant’s bravery and enthusiasm. André Brühlmann, CEO of Comitas and founder of Cristal Da Glatsch stated, “This was exactly what I was hoping for when I decided to found Cristal Da Glatsch. It didn’t take me long to completely fall in love with this old winter tradition and I wanted to do my part in supporting it and providing other people with the same opportunity.”
Jon Erni, CEO of Mia Engiadina, heads the only one of the four companies that is actually situated in the Engadine Valley. “We are proud of making things faster for the Engadine Valley by providing a high-speed internet connection. So you can imagine how much fun I had celebrating speed with faster bob suits on the Olympia Bob Run.”
LINK to Event video of the race: https://youtu.be/OeRdNET4dPk
Founded in 2005 as a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), HeiQ is a leader in textile innovation creating some of the most effective, durable and high-performance textile effects on the market today. HeiQ leverages its boundless academic research network and internal development specialists to invent disruptive new technologies that meet consumer needs and outperform the market. Engaging along the entire value chain, HeiQ is the ideal partner to help brands innovate, differentiate their products and capture added value at the point of sale. More on: heiq.com
Comitas was founded in 2000 and looks back on 17 years of successful, customized software solutions. The company’s focus is to make all work processes goal-oriented, efficient and simple. Besides professionalism, Comitas always has room for innovation, creativity and humor. More on: www.comitas.ch
KJUS stands for sportswear made of innovative, high-performance material with a distinctive, clean design. The award-winning collections Ski, Golf and Lifestyle are developed by passionate sports experts and tested by professional athletes like Didier Cuche. The company originates from an idea by the Swiss entrepreneur Didi Serena and Olympic ski champion Lasse Kjus. The two first collaborated to create the first two-way-stretch ski pants. Their functional garments shook up the market, setting new standards of performance along the way. The products are designed to enable sportspeople to focus on the experience. Driven by an enthusiasm for sports and an uncompromising vision, KJUS continues to push further, innovating with every seam, fabric and detail. LK International AG is the global headquarters of KJUS. The Swiss company was founded in 2000 and engages 105 employees worldwide, 70 of them at the headquarters in Huenenberg/Zug. The company acts with owned subsidiaries in North America, Germany and Austria. The products are sold in more than 32 countries globally. More on: www.kjus.com
About Mia Engiadina
2013, Mia Engiadina started as an idea on Facebook. The company’s goal to connect the Engadine Valley to high-speed internet and make it a viable location for international business would have cost an unpayable amount of money following conventional methods. Mia Engiadina brings associations, localities and companies from various sectors on board to lay fiber optic cables to localities. Mia Engiadina successfully connects the Engadine Valley into the future. More on: www.miaengiadina.ch
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