Austrian GS/combined team trains with Cobra Special Unit

22 September 2011 12:14

A fitness test, abseiling, tactics and more were included in the extraordinary training unit that the Austrian men's giant slalom & combined team conducted with the Special Unit Cobra. After the on-snow training in Zermatt, it was a welcome change of scenery and daily program for Philipp Schörghofer, Hannes Reichelt, Bernhard Graf, Christoph Nösig, Björn Sieber and Matthias Mayer.

Hans Pum, Sports Director at the Austrian Ski Association commented: "The co-operation with the BMI is very important for the Austrian Ski Association. They have many of our former and also some active athletes in service. Previously such athletes Fritz Strobl or Alexandra Meissnitzer were there, today the serving athletes include Reinfried Herbst, Andreas Kofler or Christoph Sumann. However, it is not just support for the athletes but also at the major events that Cobra plays a key role. I would like to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks for their contributions."

Philipp Schörghofer noted: "I have always been interested in Cobra as a special unit. This training has confirmed what I always thought about them. The Special Unit Cobra works very professionally and all these guys are top athletes. Abseiling head down requires courage and bravery, just like skiing if you want to be fast."

Björn Sieber added:"It was a great workout and great variation in our every day routine. The most difficult part was the continous change from one situation to the next. The abseiling definitely required extreme courage and skill."

Hannes Reichelt was very impressed: "I have huge respect for the Cobra leadership. The fitness test was physically challenging but for me the tactics part was even more interesting. To determine who is your friend and who is the enemy is not simple. The entire situation was very stressful and there was no time to be lost."

Christoph Nösig agreed: "I am really tired. Chapeau for the performance of the Cobra unit. The tactics workout was especially challenging. It is not easy to rescue an injured colleague with a gas mask and 30 kg  gear in your back."