"Smooth transition into winter" for Norwegian team
With two training camps in central Europe, Team Norway is making its way into the Olympic winter. After spending some time in Ramsau where a lot of Nordic Combined teams are using the glacier to get the first kilometres of snow under their skis, head coach Kristian Hammer and his squad headed to Oberstdorf for a last jumping camp on plastic this week.
The ice track on Oberstdorf's large hill is helping to get the feeling of winter jumping back at least partially. "It's nice that we get some jumps on ice so the adaption goes a bit faster when we start on snow", national team member Mikko Kokslien explains on his website.
Jumping sensation Haavard Klemetsen will not join the team in Oberstdorf but focus on his cross-country training again. He'll be joining the Norwegian cross-country national team in Val Senales.
The next couple of weeks have been planned carefully by the Norwegian coaching staff to ensure an easy transition into wintertime. Sports director Sverre Rotevatn: "We would like to make the transition into wintertime as smooth as possible, so we are hoping for good conditions without snow for this upcoming week of jumping on plastic in Obersdorf. At the beginning of November, we'll hopefully have snow in the Nordseter/Sjusjoen area. The team is set to focus on the cross-country part for the first week."
After this, another jumping camp is planned right before the big Norwegian cross-country opening and national championships in Beitostoelen on the 22nd-23rd of November.
Mikko Kokslien can't wait: "The season is closing in and I feel the eagerness to compete getting bigger every day. So I hope to finish the plastic season in a good way and soon it will be showtime again!"