Ladies in the Spotlight: Alexandra Seifert (GER)
Naturally the „Ladies in the Spotlight“ series will also cast a closer look at the talent from big Nordic Combined nation Germany. 15-year-old Alexandra Seifert has been a fixture in the FIS Youth Cup competitions during the past season and has podium positions from the OPA Games in Tarvisio/Villach and the Youth Cup in Harrachov to show for. High time to get to know her better!
Can you tell us a little bit how your career as an athlete has gone so far? When did you start skiing and jumping?
I started with high performance sports in another discipline, alpine skiing, and I even competed in a couple of German „Schüler Cup“ races. I heard the call of the jumping hills quite late, only in July of 2014. Of course it was quite a challenge to get on the same level as the other girls in my age group and I was very surprised to manage this in only half a year. The past season in the Alpencup made me want more and since then, I am also training cross-country skiing next to ski jumping.
How is the situation for you as a Nordic Combined lady at the moment? Do you have the opportunity to train both, cross-country and ski jumping?
Sometimes, it’s really hard to keep the high level in ski jumping and still improve in the cross-country part. I am training and fighting for my goal on a daily basis. My coaches Henry Glaß (ski jumping) and Uwe Schuricht (Nordic Combined) support me very much in this. I think it’s great to have two coaches at the same time. My school, the Skisport Gymnasium in Klingenthal, my club, the VSC Klingenthal, and last but not least my parents are always at my side and support me as well.
Do you have any favourite athletes or role models in the Nordic Combined World Cup?
As you can probably imagine, my role model is Eric Frenzel. He is one of the most successful athletes ever, a fighter in the track and from my region as well.
In the upcoming winter, we will have an overall ranking for Ladies in Nordic Combined for the first time ever in the history of the discipline. Are you excited about the development?
Of course I am happy that us girls can finally have international competitions as well. I hope to see Nordic Combined on the program at the Junior World Championships and even at the World Championships in the near future. It would be amazing to have the chance to compete in Nordic Combined as a lady at the World Championships in Oberstdorf in 2021. This would be my big goal.
With Vuokatti, Oberstdorf, Harrachov and Trondheim, there are four great venues on the calendar. Do you already know if you’re going to take part in all four events? Which one are you looking forward to most?
I am definitely going to Oberstdorf and Harrachov and I hope to be nominated for the team in Trondheim. Unfortunately the Alpencup ladies tour in Klingenthal, Pöhla and Birschofsgrün is taking place at the same time as the competitions in Vuokatti, so I can’t be there. I am very much looking forward to Oberstdorf even though the trip to Norway and Trondheim is a very special thing, too.
What are your goals for the upcoming winter?
Even though I can’t be in Vuokatti, I still hope that I can go for a top three position in the overall ranking in the end.