The German team is looking forward to the home events this weekend
The World Cup opening is something special for all ski jumpers, this year this applies first and foremost to the German athletes. They can look forward to compete against the best in the world in two home events right at the beginning of the season.
"We are really looking forward to the start of the Olympic winter. Especially because we can present ourselves in front of a home crowd in the first World Cup competitions. We expect many fans and that they will turn the first World Cup into a big festival of ski jumping", head coach Werner Schuster told in a media release of the German Ski Association (DSV).
After the last training camps in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberstdorf and Klingenthal, Schuster is now confident when it comes to the upcoming season. "Our team as a whole made some progress. Besides Severin Freund and Richard Freitag also Andreas Wellinger is on the right track. He won the Summer Grand Prix and so he is very motivated for the winter. Michael Neumayer is not in his top shape yet, but a 34-year-old athlete knows what to do and will make up for a lack of training with his experience in the competitions. Andreas Wank is also an athlete who can achieve Top 3, respectively Top 10 results".
Richard Freitag will miss the first few weeks of the season due to a fatigue fracture, Schuster expects his return to the team on time for the 4-Hills-Tournament. Besides Freund, Wellinger, Neumayer and Wank, also Maximilian Mechler, Karl Geiger and Marinus Kraus are on the German team for Klingenthal.
For Severin Freund, this mix of young and more experienced athletes is an important factor in order be successful. "Right now we have a good mix of jumpers, who were already successful and young athletes, who want to be just that. So we motivate each other and the level of performance within the team gets higher."
Despite he is only 18 years old, Andreas Wellinger already achieved some successes, like the overall title of the GP 2013. "Of course I enjoy going to Klingenthal after my success in summer. I have a positive feeling, also because of the great atmosphere. But I know, that this summer's success doesn't automatically guarantee that I will be successful also in winter."
Andreas Wank and Michael Neumayer are also especially looking forward to the home crowd at the hill this weekend. "Our whole team wants to show good performances to the many, many ski jumping fans and so we are very motivated for these events", said Wank. Veteran Michael Neumayer agrees. "I've been in the World Cup for many years, but I haven't experienced a World Cup opening in Germany yet. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm very motivated, especially if the atmosphere and the support of the spectators will be like it has always been in Klingenthal."