That the 2012 World DanceSport Championship Latin was able to up the benchmarks across the quantifiable measures of sucess has been reported on already. Similarly upbeat news are also generated by the Austrian Open Championships (AOC) as a whole.
Heidi Goetz sums them up.
The AOC were in their 19th year; next year we celebrate the 20th anniversary. 2012 was the most successful one everI
1929 entries (until now the most entries were recorded in 2008: 1878)
1620 couples actually danced in the 2012 AOC (previous maximum: 1352 in 2008). This is an increase of 20%. If compared with the number of couples dancing in the 2011, it is an increase of 41%.
In 2012, 84% out of all entries actually showed up and danced (previous best: 78% in 2011).
We never had more than 200 couples dancing in a WDSF competition in Vienna. In 2012, we had 218. Previous best: 179 in 1999.
We are very happy about this developement - but still somewhat tired. And of course, it also represents a challenge for next year.