Herola leads big Finnish team 2016/17

28 April 2016 17:38
Ilkka Herola in Trondheim
Ilkka Herola in Trondheim -
Sandra Volk

The Finnish Ski Association announced the national teams for the important 2016/17 season with the home World Championships in Lahti coming up in February.

To give as many athletes as possible the chance to compete on the World Cup and close the gap to team leader Ilkka Herola, the A-team has been extended to eight athletes who almost all have scored World Cup points in the past.

„We have a pretty big national team now“, head coach Petter Kukkonen commented, „usually we would have a group of six at this point. Now it is eight athletes so there is a broad and exclusive squad preparing for the Championships. It will be possible for many athlete to show their skills and get a spot on the World Cup team.“

In terms of the preparation, Kukkonen also gave some hints as to how the training plan is going to look like: „ There’s one camp 90 days before the start of the World Cup and the athletes will be together from then on through summer and autumn. Jumping will be the main focus in addition to basic training with a clear focus on our big goal. With better jumping, we will be able to improve the team’s results.“

A-team

Ilkka Herola
Eero Hirvonen
Jim Härtull
Leevi Mutru
Matti Herola
Jussi Salo
Arttu Mäkiaho
Mikke Leinonen

Junior Team (responsible coach: Antti Kuisma)

Atte Korhonen
Mikko Hulkko
Santeri Hynninen
Vili Laukkanen
Jesse Pääkkönen
Atte Kettunen
Wille Karhumaa
Rasmus Ähtätvä
Otto Niittykoski
Perttu Reponen
Arttu Pohjola
Waltteri Karhumaa

Lidl group boys

Timi Heiskanen
Jarkko Lankinen
Markus Hotti
Arttu Huovinen
Herman Happonen
Arsi Tietäväinen
Erno Tietäväinen
Samuli Kankaanpää
Tuomas Kinnunen

Lidl group girls

Pinja Koivisto
Emilia Sorvisto
Anna-Maija Oinas
Elli Seppänen
Hertta Luoma
Selina Kähkönen