Tom Hilde is back in the World Cup
The names of the seven jumpers, who will represent Norway in the first World Cup competitions of the 2015/16 season were officially announced at a press conference in Oslo.
Andreas Stjernen, Daniel Andre Tande, Kenneth Gangnes, Tom Hilde, Anders Fannemel, Rune Velta and Johann Andre Forfang were named to the team of head coach Alexander Stoeckl.
This means that Tom Hilde, who lost his spot on the national team after last season, will get the chance to compete on the highest international level again for the first time since the Ski Flying World Cup in Vikersund mid February. "This is a very good feeling. I have been working for a long time in order to be ready when the winter season starts. It's also a confirmation that I must have done something right", the 28-year-old said to the Norwegian TV channel NRK.
While Tom Hilde is looking forward to his comeback in the World Cup, Phillip Sjoeen will not be competing in Klingenthal. Earlier this fall, the 19-year-old has decided that he doesn't want to train together with the national team or participate in any competitions in the near future due to a lack of motivation and mental fatigue.
"I think it was the absolute right decision. I was just jumping again for the first time in a while and actually it went as expected", told the youngster, who is happy for his teammate. "Tom was jumping very well during the training camp. He was working very hard in summer and in fall and so I think he really deserves it." Phillip Sjoeen hopes that he might be able to participate in the World Cup in Lillehammer early December.