Swiss skiers aim at December 12-13.
Dario Cologna first Swiss FIS World Cup Cross-Country overall winner starts in Davos. He proved his universal talent at FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Kranj (SLO) in 2006 where he was ranked 3rd in 10 km C. Moreover he is the Tour de Ski winner from last season. We all remember his thrilling fight against Petter Northug (NOR) in Falun. It was a true grande finale of the season. In the new season he is aiming high: a medal from the Olympic Games in Vancouver. He was halted during summer preparation due to injury in his right thigh. "My form is not bad" notes Cologna now. He is hoping for gaining similar ranking as last year (8th place in 15 km C Individual and 4th in Sprint F).
More ambitious Swiss will be on the start in Davos though. Remo Fischer and Toni Livers won with positions 10 and 12 their Olympic ticket in the very first World Cup race in Beitostoelen (NOR). Livers has great memories on the track in Flüelatal. He won as the first Swiss a distance World Cup race in Davos in February 2007. He shared his victory with Vincent Vittoz (FRA) as they finished in the same time (35:48.8) over 15 km F. Curdin Perl is next Swiss' hope for a good results in Davos. Perl, Livers, Fisher and Cologna secured with the sixth place in relay in Beitostoelen qualification for the Olympic relay team.
Christoph Eigenmann and Eligius Tambornino occupied the fourth place in the team sprint World Cup in Düsseldorf last Sunday. They will accompany Cologna in the sprint fight on December 13. Swiss ladies are promising as well. Bettina Gruber surprised in the sprint F in Düsseldorf as she was ranked 18th, and together with Laurence Rochat in team sprint made it to the finals. We will not see unfortunately Seraina Mischol as she had to overcome viral disease. She is now getting back to shape.
Contributed by: Swiss-Ski, FIS