Austrian team nominated
The planned qualification competition of the Austrian team for the World Cup was cancelled due to the weather conditions in Rovaniemi on Monday. Head coach Bard Joergen Elden said: "The skiclub here in Rovaniemi prepared the hill well in this short period of time, but in our opinion the condition of the cross country track was not good enough for a qualification. That's why we decided that the eight athletes of the training group 1 will compete in Kuusamo and Lillehammer."
So Austria will be represented by the following athletes at the World Cup opening on November 25th and 26th: Mario Stecher, David Kreiner, Bernhard Gruber, Willi Denifl, Tobias Kammerlander, Christoph Bieler, Lukas Klapfer, Tomaz Druml.
The training groups 2 and 3 will have a qualification on Friday, Nov. 25th, probably in Ramsau, am Dachstein, for the four spots on the national group for the World cups in Ramsau (Dec. 10th/11th).
World Cup can come
After the team travelled to Rovaniemi on November 16th, the first jumps on snow could be made on Sunday. The 1.5 km cross country track was enough for important training sessions. Mario Stecher was relaxed: "We already had better training periods before the start of the World Cup, but nobody can be blamed for the weather. I'm satisfied with my first jumps. The test went positiv and I'm going to Kuusamo calmly. I'm especially satisfied with my level of performance in cross country." The team will travel to Kuusamo on Tuesday to get prepared for the first World Cups there.
David Kreiner: "I could build a stable base in the two jumping sessions so far. I'm not worrying about Kuusamo and I'm looking forward to the first World Cups."
Bernhard Gruber: "I would have liked the training period to be a bit longer because I would like to try some more things. But I can also be ready for the World Cup now and I think that my level of performance is good."
Christoph Bieler: "The first jumps were not that good, but then I could adjust to the conditions. Now everything is okay. Kuusamo is difficult, but that's good for me."
Tomaz Druml: "The positive trend from summer continued also here. That's good and therefore I'm optimistic when it comes to the upcoming winter."
Willi Denifl: "The hill in Kuusamo is one of my favorites. I'm looking forward to the start of the season, inspite the difficult preparation."
Tobias Kammerlander: "My goal was to compete in Kuusamo. Of course I want more now. Some little things are still missing, but all in all my form is good."
Lukas Klapfer: "I could improve my jumping in summer. Now I have to show this in the competitions. I think that a lot is possible for me because I could also make a step forward in cross country skiing."