Team Germany for Ruka 2016
The German team will start at the World Cup Opening in Ruka with the following athletes:
- Manuel Faißt
- Eric Frenzel
- Vinzenz Geiger
- Björn Kircheisen
- Jakob Lange
- Fabian Rießle
- Johannes Rydzek
- Terence Weber
Right before the opening of the World Cup season, the team had a last training camp in Oberstdorf and also did their annual „Multiple hills tournament“ in Planica, Predazzo and Oberstdorf again, including two or three test competitions on each hill. These test competitions also helped to chose the athletes for the free start rights for Ruka. Manuel Faißt, Eric Frenzel, Fabian Rießle and Johannes Rydzek were fixed, as well as Junior World Championship medallists Vinzenz Geiger and Terence Weber.
The last two remaining starting places went to Jakob Lange and Björn Kircheisen who convince the coaches over Tobias Haug, Tobias Simon and Tino Edelmann who ended his career before the season start.
Sport Director Horst Hüttel: „I have followed Tino Edelmann’s career over a period of two decades. His reasons for stepping down are understandable but it’s still a pity - for our team, his departure definitely is a loss. We wish him all the best for the future.“
Another special topic for Horst Hüttel was the extraordinary jumping level of young Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber. „He’s acting on such a high level that I am sure this will have implications for the whole discipline. I am sure many coaches and athletes have put special emphasis on the jumping part in autumn.“
For the German team, the goals are set for the winter: „It would be curious if Eric Frenzel would not fight for the overall victory again. He has the chance to win it for the fifth time in a row - this has never happened before. But the national and international competition will want to prevent this. Johannes Rydzek was overall second two times in a row, Fabian Rießle was fourth and third. These three will always have their eyes on the podium, as well as Manuel Faißt“, Hüttel said.