ÖSV team enters hot prep phase

14 August 2014 15:07
A wintry scene in August for the Austrian team
A wintry scene in August for the Austrian team -

The famous Matterhorn has been the great backdrop for an on-snow training of the Austrian Ski Cross team in Zermatt.

The camp served as kick off for the most intense part of the preparation for the up-coming World Cup season which will feature a total of twelve races as well as the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria, next January.

World Cup skiers Andreas Matt, Christoph Wahrstötter, Robert Winkler, Andrea Limbacher, Katrin Ofner and Christina Staudinger capitalised on the top conditions to work on the giant slalom, curve and technique skills.

The well-experienced athletes were joined by the Europa Cup roster consisting of Johannes Aujesky, Adam Kappacher, Daniel Traxler and Marcus Zechner.

Franz Promok, Johannes Rohrweck and Thomas Zangerl will start their on-snow training later due to their occupational reasons.

“We have been five days on the glacier and had perfect snow conditions. We were able to complete the whole training schedule we had been aiming for. And the team was very motivated,” said Ski Cross Head Coach Gerold Posch.

Riegler retires

While the coach drew a positive line, one athlete was missing. Daniel Riegler, who had won the Europa Cup last season, has decided to retire.

“It wasn't an easy decision for me but I had to grasp my chance after I got a job offer by the Hydrographical Service of Tyrol.”