Palander, Sandell confident about pre-season shape
The Finnish Alpine Team can look back to a full summer program with on-snow and dryland training. The team at start at the season opening in Sölden will feature Tanja Poutiainen, Kalle Palander, Marcus Sandell and Andreas Romar. Sanni Leinonen has postponed her season start to home Lappland race in mid-November.
"I will not race in Sölden this year because I have only trained giant slalom on four days so far. In my case the season will start at Levi since my early season on-snow training has focused on slalom," said Sanni Leinonen who is returning from serious knee injury.
Tanja Poutiainen is feeling very fit and satisfied with her summer and autumn training. The same goes for the men's team that is looking forward to the season positively following good summer training and full recovery from the various injuries.
Veteran Kalle Palander is excited about start of the racing season and admits to training more in the summer than in the years before.
"This summer saw a definite increase in my training, compared to last year for example. Otherwise too the starting point is completely different from the perspective of physical fitness, but also from the mental point of view. It is nice to get to work when you do not need to fight with pain in your leg," summarized Palander his successful summer preparation period.
Marcus Sandell and Andreas Romar too are confident about the season start.
"The results of our physical tests this autumn have shown that the entire team has worked well this summer and I am especially happy about my own personal development after the injury. For example my muscle balance has improved significantly this summer," said Sandell.
Andreas Romar has continued to train with the Swedish speed team as he did last summer.
"I will be training and racing with the Swedish team most of the season. This year I have my own service man and a coach on the team with me so there is a lot more support behind than last season," explained Romar.