Austrian team for Ruka World Cup Opener
The Austrian team has fixed all its starters for the World Cup Opener in Ruka after an 8-day training camp in Rovaniemi and Ruka today. The eight Austrian spots will be taken up by national team athletes Bernhard Gruber, Willi Denifl, Lukas Klapfer, Mario Seidl and Philipp Orter. Bernhard Flaschberger has a personal start right due to his medal at the Junior World Championships in Rasnov. The remaining two start rights were up for grabs and after two test competitions in Rovaniemi and Ruka, the strongest athletes proved to be Franz-Josef Rehrl and David Pommer.
Training camp in Rovaniemi and Ruka
„I am satisfied with the impression the athletes left me with in our training camp up north. We are able to train in low temperatures and a sufficient amount of snow“, head coach Christoph Eugen summed up the 8 days in Finland. The team had been training on a 10-kilometre loop of farmed snow in Rovaniemi in addition to ideal conditions on on the HS 100 hill. The last four days were spent in Ruka where the athletes were able to have first sessions on the World Cup tracks and hill.
Eugen: „Now it is all about getting a good start into the competitions. It is particularly important to me that each athlete delivers the performance that he’s capable of. As we did not have any international comparisons yet, it is too early to make assumptions about where we stand internationally but I am confident that we will have a compact team.“
Most of the team will go back home for a few days in Austria before traveling back to Ruka on the upcoming Wednesday.