German teams headed for South America without Neureuther
Up until now, summer training took place on the European glaciers for the German alpine teams: the Stilfser Joch, Saas-fee and the Mölltal glacier offered excellent training conditions but in mid-August the different teams are headed overseas.
Men's tech team heading to Argentine without Felix Neureuther
It will be off to Ushuaia, Argentine for the German tech team soon but missing from coach Albert Doppelhofer’s group will be superstar Felix Neureuther. Fritz Dopfer, Stefan Luitz, Alexander Schmidt, Dominik Stehle, Linus Strasser and Dominik Schwaiger will leave for Ushuaia on the 16th of August while Neureuther will be training in Europe individually and join the Europacup-Team for some snow sessions.
„I am feeling good right now. Slowly but surely and with a large training effort, my back is stabilising but a three-week trip overseas does not make sense at the moment. I am planning some snow days together with the Europacup-Team in Saas-Fee next to my regular training“, Neureuther explains.
Men’s speed team travelling to Chile
The German downhill team is also headed overseas: Klaus and Christof Brandner, Thomas Dreßen, Josef Ferstl, Heiner Lengst, Max Maas, Manuel Schmid and Andreas Sander will spend two weeks in La Parva, Chile before the team will change ski resorts to Vallenevado.
„Next to the training session we are planning to take part in the FIS races in South America to give the younger athletes the chance to gain some FIS points“, says discipline coach Christian Schwaiger.
Hronek sticking to European soil
As their male counterparts, the ladies’ speed team is also headed for Chile and will have their base in Chillan. Viktoria Rebensburg, Patrizia Dorsch, Simona Hösl, Ann-Katrin Magg, Ronja Mayr, Kira Weidle and Michaela Wenig will stay in Chile until the 8th of September. For Veronique Hronek who had torn her ACL at the World Championships in Vail, the training camp is taking place too early. She will join the second training group in their preparations on the European glaciers and hopefully return to the first training group in September.
Ladies’ tech team training in the Alps
The slalom and giant slalom racers will stick to Europe and hold most of their training sessions in Saas-Fee. Discipline coach Robert Krumbacher has scheduled three blocks of six training days in this period of intensive training for the group around Christina Geiger, Lena Dürr and Jessica Hilzinger.