Intense activity in Oberstdorf
Even before the start of the World Cup winter, the world's best ski jumpers are already really looking forward to the 4-Hills-Tournament. In the Erdinger-Arena in Oberstdorf, where the opening competition will take place on December 29th, the ski jumpers where continually coming and going in the second week of November. Not less than seven national teams used the perfect conditions for intensive training: Among them almost the complete World Cup team of the German Ski Association (DSV) with Severin Freund, Andreas Wank, Michael Neumayer, youngster Andreas Wellinger and local hero Karl Geiger. The injured Richard Freitag was the only athlete of head coach Werner Schuster who could not take part.
"For us it's great that we can train on the home hills before the start of the season every year, especially the hill in Oberstdorf. With the ice track in the inrun and landing on plastic, the conditions are perfect here", Werner Schuster explained after the training camp and he also praised the team of the organizers in Oberstorf. "It's great that we can train on plastic until mid November in Oberstdorf. Elsewhere the facilities were already adjusted to winter, so training would not be possible without snow."
Not only the German team knows about the great possibilities offered by Stefan Huber and his team. Currently also the teams of Poland, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia are training in Oberstdorf. With Andreas Kofler of Austria, a former 4-Hills-Tournament winner arrives on Thursday, November 7th. Kofler will train there together with the B-team of the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV). Also the German ladies' national team of head coach Andreas Bauer and the nordic combined athletes of the Czech Republic jump on the hills in Oberstdorf in the final phase of preparation for the new season.
It's quite possible, that Severin Freund, Andreas Wellinger and the rest of the German men's team will come back soon. "If possible, we will skip the planned training camp in Scandinavia and use the top conditions in Oberstdorf again", said Werner Schuster.
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