Austrian Parallel Team heads over the ditch

04 November 2013 13:50
Will the Austrian parallel team celebrate another successful season lime in 2013 again?
Will the Austrian parallel team celebrate another successful season lime in 2013 again? -
FIS/Oliver Kraus

Austria's race board stars have boarded their flights today with destination US of A.

The national team plans to check in for a two week camp in the Front Range Ski Club in Colorado.

While one of the squad's veterans, Ingemar Walder, is already overseas for some private training sessions, his team mates will join him the next couple of days for some intensive on-snow exercise units.

Besides 2013 PGS World Champs Silver medalist Julia Dujmovits, 2013 PGS World Cup title winner Marion Kreiner, Ina Meschik, Claudia Riegler and Sabine Schöffmann also 2010 Olympic Silver medalist and four-time World Champion Benjamin Karl, Parallel Overall World Cup title defender Andreas Prommegger, Sebastian Kislinger, Andreas Lausegger, Alexander Payer, Lukas Mathies, Johann Stefaner and Anton Unterkofler will travel to the Staes, too.

Only Sigi Grabner will miss the team training camp. The 38-year-old snowboard icon banks on a more individual preparation for the up-coming Olympic season.

“We will train on some artificial snow in Front Range,” explains Parallel Head Coach Tom Weniger.

“Besides that, we will also compete in four NorAm races at Copper Mountain. According to my informations, the teams from Canada, the US and Switzerland will be on-site, too. According to this, we will get a first and true glimpse of where we are right now.”

Copper Mt will host two parallel giant slalom races on November 11 and 12 as well as to parallel slaloms on November 14 and 15.

Tanja Brugger, who competed in a total of six World Cup races last season has meanwhile decided to retire from active racing and concentrate on her studies (pharmacy).