“Where is Behle?” Of course at Lake Achensee!
Bruno Moravetz, reporter for the German public-service television ZDF, asked this question on 17 February 1980. On this day, 19-year-old Behle was one of four German cross-country skiers in the Olympic 15-kilometre race in Lake Placid. Equipped with a low starter number, the young man stormed to the top of the field at the 5-kilometre mark. For Moravetz, however, this was only visible on the list of intermediate times. Because the television cameras in the snow-covered woods of Mount van Hoevenberg could not capture the young Behle, the reporter called out almost desperately for Behle in his deep voice.
Where is Behle? Behle is still very active today and so the answer is not difficult in the winter of 2019/2020. Of course on the cross-country ski runs and skating tracks around Lake Achensee, where the cross-country skiing expert will supervise a training camp from 30 January to 2 February. Hardly anyone can come up with such a wealth of information, tips and anecdotes as Jochen Behle. After all, the former cross-country skier held a key position in the German Ski Association for ten years – from 2002 to 2012. The camp participants will not only receive tips and instructions on training, technique and equipment, the legendary cross-country skier will also answer questions about his time as a professional athlete during fireside chats in the evenings.
So, we know for a fact that Behle is at Lake Achensee, and that’s the perfect spot! After all, the region is one of the most famous and most important cross-country skiing centres in Tirol. With more than 200 kilometres of cross-country skiing trails, the communities around Tirol’s largest lake offer unlimited skiing fun: In Pertisau, for example, there is a practice ski run which is ideal for beginners who want to learn the right cross-country skiing technique in a relaxed environment. The region’s seven cross-country skiing schools offer individual and group lessons for all ages and abilities.