First World Cup in 2009/10 season in Germany
German team moved from Finland to Germany on Monday morning after World Cup in Kuusamo. Sprint racers will arrive in Düsseldorf (GER) on Friday; distance specialists are training in Davos (SUI) before the World Cup in Switzerland which will take place there on December 12 - 13.
"The World Cup weekend in Dusseldorf is always a highlight in our calendar. Both organization and atmosphere created by audience make the event very special not only for us. We are now trying to take the momentum from Kuusamo to Düsseldorf. The fact that we had been training well was proved in Kuusamo. Our athletes were in their final laps competitive with top skiers. That makes us feel quite confident for the next a few weeks. Our focus is naturally the Olympics this winter. However, we want to perform well in our home World Cup as well. This is particularly true for our sprinter Josef Wenzel. But now even Jens and Tom have already proved that they could fight for good results. This is also true for our ladies. We also take this opportunity to give young athletes a chance to taste World Cup experience. " said German national coach Jochen Behle.
Jens Filbrich added: "Until we go to Dusseldorf on Friday, we will certainly have a short training in the DKB-ski hall in Oberhof. Unfortunately first two World Cup weekends did not go well for me as I had hoped but I am not worried too much. In Muonio (FIN) we were training very hard for 3 weeks and my body simply needs time for regeneration. In Düsseldorf, obviously my main focus is on the team sprint. "
One of the biggest Germany's hopes for excellent result in upcoming weekend is Josef Wenzl who is being trained by famous sprinter and now coach Tor Arne Hetland from Norway.
"After very hard training weeks we were already aware that it might still takes some time to get up to desired shape. In Finland I simply was not fresh enough to keep up with the world's best sprinters. I am highly motivated for Düsseldorf were I would like to continue in good results from previous years." (Josef Wenzl was 5th in Düsseldorf sprint last year) said Joseph Wenzel.
"I've used again days before the World Cup in Dusseldorf to train in peace at home and rest a little. There is a lot of traveling in autumn. It is little bit strange to go for a Cross-Country World Cup race in a big city, but in recent years, Düsseldorf has definitely become one of my favorite World Cup. Where else do we have the opportunity to run in front of tens of thousands spectators? I am highly motivated as well and do hope to prove an upward performance trend from Kuusamo."
Contributed by: DSV