Camp in Lillehammer: Austrians escape heat wave
The Austrian Nordic Combined team couldn't have picked a better point in time for their training camp in Lillehammer, Norway. While at home, the training conditions were not exactly perfect with heat up to 40°C, the athletes escaped the scorching temperatures to Norway for a week of intensive jumping and roller ski training.
Only Sepp Schneider was not present due to his knee surgery which still needs an individual approach but the rest of the team including Mario Stecher ,who also suffered from a knee injury and therefore still has to refrain from jumping, collected some kilometres on roller skis and spent a big amount of time on the jumping hills. Intensive technique training was also on schedule.
"At the beginning of the season preparation we defined a goal to work individually very much this year. We are on a good way and the progress especially with technical details in jumping and roller skiing is noticeable, head coach Christoph Eugen summed up. "Lillehammer is a perfect training venue as you live close to the sporting facilities and don't have to care about anything next to jumping far and skiing fast."
Next to jumping and roller skiing, the athletes also spend some time in the gym, working on power units and physiotherapeutic tests. To bring the team closer together, the coaches also put their culinary skills on show, preparing steaks for their athletes during a barbecue evening.
Tomaz Druml: "We had some high quality training units here in Lillehammer and I am satisfied with the progress I am making. But the good mood within the team is also important and we definitely have that. Events like the barbecue evening are ideal to strengthen the team spirit. The steaks were delicious, by the way!"