SFWC without Janne Ahonen and Richard Freitag
Germany's Richard Freitag and Janne Ahonen of Finland were not nominated by their coaches to participate in the ski flying World Championships in Harrachov.
Janne Ahonen is not on the Finnish team of head coach Pekka Niemelae for the Championships in the Czech Republic because of a sickness due to which he already missed the last World Cup competitions.
Ski flying debut for Klinga
On the basis of the recent results and internal qualification criteria Niemelae decided to name Anssi Koivuranta, Lauri Asikainen, Ville Larinto and, surprisingly, also Sebastian Klinga on his team for the upcoming World Championships.
The 21-year-old from Lahti, who was competing in the World Cup three times this season, will take part in a ski flying event for the first time in Harrachov.
Six Germans to Harrachov
The German team of head coach Werner Schuster will consist of the following six athletes: Severin Freund, Andreas Wellinger, Andreas Wank, Marinus Kraus, Michael Neumayer and Markus Eisenbichler. Richard Freitag will not travel Harrachov and train at home instead. "Right now Richard doesn't have enough confidence in his technique to push the limit on a ski flying hill", Schuster explains.
At the Championships Schuster hopes for a good team result and thinks that his top athlete Severin Freund is among the favorites there. "At the last highlight this season we want to show the best possible performance and be successful. With Severin Freund we have an athlete who is, after his outstanding performances recently, capable of fighting for the title also in ski flying."