Norwegians and Austrians looking forward to GP opener

28 July 2015 13:38
Stefan Kraft
Stefan Kraft -
FIS

The long break is over! Four months after the World Cup final in Planica, the 2015 season of the FIS Grand Prix kicks off in Wisla. Fans and athletes alike are looking forward to the opening event in Poland after such a long without any competitions.

"Wisla is one of my favorite hills in the World Cup, I could achieve my first podium result there. In general I really like the summer competitions because we are training for a very long time without any international competitions. So I enjoy participating in the events that fit into my training program", said Michael Hayboeck.

His teammate Stefan Kraft agrees: "We have been training for a long time now and are well prepared. Now I'm looking forward to taking part in an international competition. All the teams will have worked hard and so it'll be exciting to see where I stand currently. Personally I feel ready for the weekend in Wisla."

Besides Stefan Kraft and Michael Hayboeck, Manuel Poppinger and Thomas Diethart will represent Austria in Wisla, Gregor Schlierenzauer prefers to train in Innsbruck instead. "I'm absolutely satisfied with my development, but I also now that I still have some work to do. That's why I have decided, together with head coach Heinz Kuttin and the coaching staff, that I'll not compete in the first Grand Prix event. It's still open if and where I'll be competing in the upcoming weeks."

 

Seven Norwegians competing in Wisla

Norway's head coach Alexander Stoeckl has decided to go to Poland with his best athletes. Rune Velta, Anders Fannemel, Kenneth Gangnes, Phillip Sjoeen, Joachim Hauer, Johann Andre Forfang and Daniel-Andre Tande are already in Wisla to train there for the team and the individual competition on the Adam-Malysz-hill on Friday and Saturday.

"We are ready for the new season and we are looking forward to it. It will be interesting to see what we can achieve in Wisla. The time around the start of the season is always exciting", Alex Stoeckl is quoted on skiforbundet.no.