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Evening under the sign of the winners

Evening under the sign of the winners

LINZ. They touched: Coach Josef Schopf was delighted with the "Golden Leo" and the winner Lukas Weißhaidinger. LASK won for the ninth time. It was the premiere for Sofia Polkan

Evening under the sign of the winners

Winner of the 44th OÖN athlete's election: LASK captain Gernot Trauner won the title of the team, table tennis aso Sofia Polcanova is the first rider of the year, Lukas Weißhaidinger reiterated his victory in 2016. Image: VOLKER WEIHBOLD

It was a festive, atmospheric and wind of informal sports on Tuesday night, when the Austrian athlete of the year was awarded in the Kaufmännischer Verein Linz Palace. Already forty-six, together with Sportland Oberösterreich, the OÖNachrichten elections were held. A long tradition of writing history and continuing writing.

This time, among other things, Josef Schopf. For Innviertler, an unforgettable evening had many reasons to celebrate. At first, 65 year old parents were allowed to celebrate with his protector, lecturer Lukáš Weißhaiderer, who was awarded the Athlete of the Year. After that, the discoverer and long-time coach EM bronze was awarded for his work with the "Golden Leo", OÖN Honorary Prize. Also representative of so many important supporters of successful athletes, who are (almost) never in the spotlight. The good news did not stop with Schopf. Weisshaidinger will not train as usual in Vienna in the coming days, but with him in Taufkirchen an der Pram. Being able to work home with his "Luki" is like an early Christmas gift for Schopf. "The prize is a great honor for me," said Weißhaidinger, who won in front of the ski ace Vincent Kriechmayr – whose prize was awarded to his sister Jacob – and the bike professional Lukas Pöstlberger.

While the athlete was second on top of the list, it was the first for Sofia Polan. "I did not expect to go out on the front," the European first in table tennis said joyfully. Her Linz AG Froschberg Club had a postponed Superliga Special Game, which eventually paid off. The seventh fighter Verena Preiner and Hildegard Platzera – mother lugera Birgitta Platzer, who had already left overseas races – were on stage with a 24-year-old.

For the teams he was the winner of LASK as in the previous year and after the ninth. "This award shows that the club is on the right track," said Gernot Trauner. The captain took the opportunity to thank his wife Judith the day before the birth of the twins. She kept her back at home and "I always sleep well," said a young father who also felt comfortable in the sports family of Upper Austria. Including many legends whose meetings brought to light one or two delicacies.

So ex-canoeist Wolfgang Hartl had to do a push-up. Reason: There is an agreement between Olympic starter Los Angeles and Judoka Reithher, according to which it is necessary to play ÖOC cows in 1984. If one forgets, the second should be able to give him a job. A story as he writes about an athlete's choice.

The gala evening is another highlight

Following the OÖN Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Palais Kaufmännischer Verein, the final climax will be on February 8, 2019. The OÖN event, organized by OÖN in cooperation with LIVA at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, will be the focus of the country's best athletes. Unlike the meeting of the upper Austrian sports family on Tuesday evening, a gala evening in February is not a party to a closed company. The traditional gala evening is a ten-year-long gathering of the crowds and is filled with the Brucknerhaus. Also in 2019 there will be a fun program with sports, shows and lots of music.

Tickets are available at every Ö-Ticket, all VKB branches, in Brucknerhaus and online at www.oeticket.at.

Ticket Service: Linz (0732 / 7805-568 | Wels (07242 / 248-770) Ried (07752/80121)

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