Participants from Austria, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands came to the snow-covered Tirolean village of Westendorf with one goal: they competed for one million euros at the first Tiscover ALPINE CHALLENGE in four spectacular fun sport disciplines and the finals afterwards. Result of the first event: all want to come again!
The participants of the Tiscover ALPINE CHALLENGE enjoyed plenty of fun, but also needed to demonstrate plenty of dexterity and endurance for the four competitions. Christian Kogler from Knittelfeld won the Minibob Biathlon and was the first to qualify for the finals. “I had to give all at the Minibob Biathlon, after the course I still was behind the other competitors, but during the race through the deep snow I caught up and came out top.” The second competition, a bob race in an alpine bed with a fell race afterwards, was won by Benjamin Dobler from Rosenheim. “Racing downhill on a 200kg-heavy bed was just fantastic! I am glad that I could win the fell race afterwards.” Westendorf’s local hero Gogo Gossner won the tube race and Christiane Auerbacher from Munich won the Snowshoe Cross by a margin of a couple of seconds only: “ I didn’t believe that I could beat my male competitors, but my heptathlon experience helped a lot.” Sasa Michelini from Munich was drawn as “Lucky Loser” in the evening. So he could, together with Eva Bode from Bingen, who had collected the most Tiscover beds and points on various online games during the last couple of weeks, join the competition for one million euros.
Great Excitement amongst the Participants in the Finals
During the first guessing game the six finalists had to estimate how many beds where collected at Tiscover.com by all applicants in the online qualification game from October 6 to November 27, 2009. Christian Kogler with his estimate of 635.000 beds came closest to the actual number of 640.974 beds. Sasa Michelini, Eva Bode and Gogo Gossner didn’t manage to proceed to the next round, but got “consolation prizes” in the form on one-week holidays in Westendorf or in the Wildschönau area respectively.
A Nought too much – “Jackpot” of One Million Euros not Cracked
The tension was almost unbearable during the second round of the finals. The three finalists had to pick three envelopes from a set of 21. In each set there were three times 1.000,000 euros and five times 100,000 euros. To win one of these cash prizes, three identical symbols had to be drawn. Most exciting was the draw of Christian Kogler: he drew two times 100,000 euros, but “unfortunately” the third envelope contained the 1.000,000 euro symbol. “Just a nought too much!” said Kogler, who still was happy with his “consolation prize” of 10 years of free holidays with Tiscover.com worth 20,000 euros. Christiane Auerbacher too had two envelopes with 100,000 euros each, but also drew a blank. The woman from Munich was more than happy with her prize, a Fiat Panda: “I’ve just abandoned by Leasing car! Now I am mobile again!” Benjamin Dobler drew two blanks and once the 1,000.000 euro cash symbol. He won the last prize worth 2,000 euros in cash.
Tiscover CEO Matthias Grundböck regrets that no participant could crack the 1.000,000 euro jackpot, but is still happy: “The event was a great success. More than 3,000 wanted to compete in Westendorf, 65 of which managed to qualify. The participants on site were enthused and definitely want to take part next time. “I hope that next time the 1.000,000 euro jackpot will be cracked!”
Since the Tiscover ALPINE CHALLENGE was a great success the first time round, it is now aimed at establishing it as an annual event. In fall 2010 interested persons have again the chance to qualify in an online game and to compete in action-filled sports for a prize of 1.000,000 euros.
A Bed in the Snowfield
Caption: “A Bed in the Snowfield” and three other fun sport competitions provided plenty of fun and a spectacular start of the Tiscover ALPINE CHALLENGE. (c) Joerg Mitter, Andreas Schaad for Global Newsroom.com
Caption: Dexterity and endurance were required for the minibob biathlon.
(c) Joerg Mitter, Andreas Schaad for Global Newsroom.com