Slovenia women's alpine team train in Italy

09 June 2009 23:00

The Slovenia women's alpine team have started their summer fitness programme in Bellaria Igea Marina in Italy.

The squad have been undergoing a double session of athletic work including a 50km bicycle ride and uphill rollerblading after gathering at the resort on the Adriatic coast on Monday evening.

After meeting the press and unveiling the materials to be employed throughout the campaign, the skiers got down to the serious business of beginning their preparations for a demanding season that will also include the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Slovenia ski federation official, Roberto Giovannini, explained that the area provided the ideal conditions for what is the "dry" stage of training before the squad moves on to the slopes

He said: "Training is going well and we have to thank the San Salvador Hotel and all the private facilities in Igea Marina, such as the athletic and tennis centre as well as the pool and solarium, for allowing us to prepare in the best way possible."

The team's head of athletic preparation, Samo Furlan, added: "Fortunately, the weather has helped and the athletes have been benefiting positively over the last few days."

Apart from Giovannini and Furlan and coaches Spela Pretnar and Jure Kosir, there are four World Cup racers: Mateja Robnik, Katja Jazbec, Ma-rusa Ferk and Vanja Brodnik as well as physiotherapist Dejan Kocian.

Unfortunately, star performers Tina Maze and Ana Drev have not made the trip due to commitments back home.

The squad will use the remaining days to work on resistance training with weights as well as playing some tennis and beach volleyball.