Schlierenzauer will not compete in Engelberg
The ski jumping fans will have to wait a bit longer for the comeback of Gregor Schlierenzauer. He will not take part in the next World Cup event on the upcoming weekend in Engelberg.
As the Austrian Ski Association announced on Monday, the World Cup team will remain unchanged for the competitions in Switzerland.
"Gregor continues to work consequently and with all his energy in order to return to the World Cup as soon as possible. He will train in Predazzo this week and then, on Monday, together with the World Cup team on the large hill in Engelberg. We will give Gregor the time, that also such an exceptional athlete needs after a serious injury, to prepare himself as good as possible for a comeback in the World Cup in 2017", said head coach Heinz Kuttin.
Another reason to leave the World Cup team unchanged, is the fight for an additional quota spot for the 4-Hills-Tournament (starting late December in Oberstdorf), that the Top 3 in the Continental Cup overall ranking after the next two competitions in Ruka can earn for their teams.
"Over the last couple of days we had extensive discussions about who to name to the team for the competitions in Engelberg. At the end we made the decision to not make any changes. Which means that we still have a good chance to get an additional quota spot for the 4-Hills-Tournament in the Continental Cup. Daniel Huber, Florian Altenburger and Elias Tollinger had a great start there and we want to continue this positive run also in Kuusamo", Heinz Kuttin explains this decision.
This means that Stefan Kraft, Michael Hayboeck, Manuel Fettner, Andreas Kofler, Clemens Aigner and Markus Schiffner, who were already participating in the first three legs of this World Cup season, will compete for Austria in Engelberg.