Jan Kirchhofer: "I am rather chaotic!"
During the summer months, swiss-ski.ch has been introducing young ski talents across all disciplines. As it has been Nordic Combined's Jan Kirchhofer's turn now, reason enough to cast a closer look on the young Swiss athlete! The 18-year old has left his home and is currently living in Oberaich, Austria while attending the Nordic Education Centre in Eisenerz. He's in his second year to become a mechantronic technician and has been starting in the Alpen Cup since 2010.
Jan, looking back on the last season, what were your biggest successes?
Kirchhofer: During the summertime, a third place at the Alpen Cup in Winterberg and in winter a 12th place at the Alpen Cup in Chaux-Neuve.
What are your goals for the upcoming season now?
Kirchhofer: In the upcoming winter, I would like to win my first Continental Cup points, be a regular in the Alpen Cup Top 10 and as I am taking part in the Junior World Championships, a Top 20 result would be great!
Can you tell us a little bit about a regular training week of yours?
Kirchhofer: In the springtime, I have to visit vocational school and this is quite a hard time for me because on top of the training hours, you also have stress in school. After that, I'll be on the road quite much, so every week is different. In the mornings, I usually have ski jumping training and in the afternoons I go roller-skiing or have power units. We start into the actual preparation for the winter with long endurance sessions. When the winter comes closer, the sessions get shorter and faster. And as soon as the snow arrives, we'll be out making the first snow jumps.
What would you say is the most fascinating thing about Nordic Combined?
Kirchhofer: It's the mixture between endurance in the cross-country part and elasticity in ski jumping. It's such a challenge to find a good balance!
Let's talk a little bit more about you! How would your friends describe you?
Kirchhofer: I am happy most of the time and talk a lot! I am also quite good at remaining calm in tense situations like in a competition. And I think I am rather chaotic! (laughs)
What gets you to crack a smile?
Kirchhofer: My two little nieces and my best friend when I go back home to visit my parents in Switzerland!
The best birthday present you have ever received?
Kirchhofer: The iPod my sister gave me!
What is the most useful thing your parents have taught you?
Kirchhofer: To deal with people in a respectful manner.
Which values are important to you in life?
Kirchhofer: Honesty, tolerance and reliability.
Which things would you like to achieve in life, in sports or in your private life?
Kirchhofer: Well, in sports, it is my goal to belong to the top athletes in Nordic Combined at some point in the future. In my private life, I would like to finish my vocational training as a mechatronic technician and also pass the Matura exam.
Is there a book or an author you like? What is your favourite movie?
Kirchhofer: Regarding the book, I like "Cash" by Richard Price. The movie "Die Wolke" is really touching. And I love "The Conjuring" but that's cause I really like horror movies in general!
If you had only 100 Swiss Francs left, what would you do with it?
Kirchhofer: I would invite my parents and my sister to dinner.
Is there something you would like to be perfect in?
Kirchhofer: As I said, I am really chaotic, so I would like to be perfect in keeping everything orderly and clean. Or at least better than I am now!
Which housework tasks are you really good at?
Kirchhofer: I started living together with my sister a short while ago. She has studied to be a laboratory assistant but has come to Austria to live with me to attend a school for physiotherapists. She usually does the cleaning and I do all the cooking at the washing up!