FIS Council approves Pepi Strobl’s change of nationalityJosef “Pepi” Strobl has been authorized by the highest levels to compete for Slovenia in any upcoming races. Strobl has been training with the Slovenians all summer, and received Slovenian citizenship earlier this fall, but could not compete for Slovenia in World Cups until the FIS Council cleared the way with a vote. The council met today in Oberhofen, Switzerland.
‘I will race in the green suit of Slovenia for all downhills and super Gs and, if I am good, the giant slalom also’ said Strobl, adding that the Slovenian team had a different spirit than the Austrian team he has left behind. ‘There, after conditioning and on-snow training you were usually on your own. On the Slovenian team, we do a lot together after training. “
Strobl’s great-grandfather was from Dobraya (near skiing at Novo Mesto, southeast of the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana). He won six World Cups before finding himself struggling on the Austrian team. He switched to Rossignol equipment in the summer a gamble for the French company, which couldn’t be sure that the FIS would approve of his plan to race for another nation.