Russian team set for World Cup opener
After participating in the Finlandia Veikkaus Cup in Roveniemi together with the nations of Finland, Poland, Belarus and Estonia, the Russian team has set its focus on the World Cup kickoff in Kuusamo. Head coach Dmitry Dubrovskiy summed up his conclusions after the race and also named the Russian starters for the Ruka Nordic Opening.
"The most positive result is Niaz Nabeev's fifth place in the international competition in Rovamiemi", Dubrovskiy analysed. "His gap to the winner was acceptable. It was a good result for Niaz because he has beaten athletes from Poland and Estonia who ranked before him in the Summer Grand Prix.
This positive outcome was achieved under not too easy circumstances, as the team was only able to arrive the night before the competition, and did not have the chance to make some snow jumps somewhere else before. "We jumped for the first time on snow and the boys only had very few jumps to get used to this and the conditions which also were not easy. For us, this was also a lesson to avoid situations like that in the future. But I would expressly like to thank the organisers who did everything they could to support us, even giving is the chance to make an extra jump in the morning."
Despite the difficult situation, his athletes managed well, Dubrovskiy continued. His team leader, Evgeniy Klimov, couldn't start due to a problem with his equipment which couldn't be resolved resolved so far. "But this success was important for Niaz and it also pushed Evgeniy who had won every test competition so far. Usually, Ernest Yahin is also on the same level as Nabeev."
For the first two weekends of the World Cup in Kuusamo and Lillehammer, Dubrovskiy will bring Evgeniy Klimov, Niaz Nabeev, Damir Khinstertdinov and Ernest Yahin as the jumping level of Ivan Panin and Denis Isaikin is too low to have any hope of surviving the qualification as of now. Their task set by their coach is to reach the Top 30 in the individual competitions. "I believe it is viable", he concludes.