Limbacher back on snow
The Austrian Ski Cross Team is turning into the home stretch before the 2016/17 Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup season with the final training sessions set to take place on Pitztal glacier – and, surprisingly, also aboard in Pitztal is Andrea Limbacher.
However, the reigning world champion, who sustained a severe knee injury in Arosa (SUI) last March, will not celebrate her comeback to the World Cup tour any time before the New Year.
“The healing process was very good which allowed me to be back on snow earlier than expected,” said Limbacher.
“I'm able to work on my GS technique and starts as well as skiing roller sections. But I'm not hitting the big jumps yet,” the racer from Upper Austria added.
Besides Limbacher, the whole World Cup team consisting of Katrin Ofner, Christina Staudinger, Johannes Aujesky, Thomas Harasser, Adam Kappacher, Johannes Rohrweck, Christoph Wahrstoetter, Robert Winkler and Thomas Zangerl came together in Tyrol to prepare for the season's first six World Cup races.
These races, packed into the course of 14 days at four different resorts, form the first-ever Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Cross Alps Tour, with the excitement getting underway in Val Thorens (FRA) with back-to-back races on December 11 and 12, 2016.
The “Cross Park Pitztal,” the Austrian team's current training ground, has emerged as a hotspot for ski and snowboard cross athletes from all over the world over the past years as it offers various start sections on a total course length of about one minute.
As a result, the Austrian Ski Cross team is keen to battle for the national title against a strong and deep international field on the same track on November 26, 2016 with a subsequent Europa Cup race following right the day after.