Austrians did test and train in Zermatt
OESV Ski Cross Head Coach Gerold Posch invited seven athletes to Switzerland to tweak their giant slalom skills whilst also testing some new material.
The roster on the Zermatt glacier featured world champion Andrea Limbacher, Katrin Ofner, Adam Kappacher, Andreas Matt, Sandro Siebenhofer, Daniel Traxler and Robert Winkler while Johannes Rohrweck, Christoph Wahrstoetter and Thomas Zangerl missed the first camp but will join the on-snow training soon.
“We had perfect weather and slope conditions in Zermatt and were able to go through our complete programme in just five days,” said Posch.
In addition, the team was also able to do some coordinative exercises in the valley when done with their on-snow training. Some long recreational hikes in the region were also part of the programme.
Andreas Matt drew a similar: “We had great conditions for the second half of August. It's important to me to work as early as possible on my technique. Therefore, the GS training was on point.”
Andrea Limbacher added: “We definitely capitalised on those five days on snow. Now I'm looking forward to finally race some head to head heats again.”
Before it's time for those action packed duels, the Austrian team has some more stamina training sessions to come which scheduled in Bad Ischl and Schladming over the next weeks.
However, a good physique is mandatory if the ski crossers want to get well through a very long World Cup season.
The 2015-16 winter features a total of 16 competitions with things kicking off in Montafon, Austria on December 4th and 5th, 2015.