Positive interim conclusion of Austrian raceboarders
Beginning of November, the alpine snowboarders of Team Snowboard Austria traveled overseas for a three-week training camp in Evergreen, Colorado.
Despite the lack of snow, Head Coach Bernd Krug drew a positive line: “It was tough for us to organise some good training because the resort we planned to prepare for the winter season (Echo Mountain) was lacking snow.”
But thanks to one hour drives by car to Copper Mountain, the roster consisting of Olympic Champion Julia Dujmovits and Sochi Bronze medallist Benjamin Karl, Marion Kreiner, Ina Meschik, Claudia Riegler, Sabine Schöffmann as well as Sebastian Kislinger, Lukas Mathies, Alexander Payer, Andreas Prommegger, Johann Stefaner and Anton Unterkofler got some decent runs in.
However, the team couldn't check their fitness and form head to head with some of the other nations at site as the four NorAm races had to be cancelled due to the snow conditions.
“That's a bummer for sure”, Krug said who had been hoping for some competition duels for his riders.
The raceboarders however, tired of the high altitude training programme on more than 3,500 m, also had the chance to reshape.
Dujmovits, Kreiner, Karl and Assistant Coach Gitti Köck went for a three-hour quad trip in Boulder, while Kislinger, Meschik, Schöffmann and Payer checked out the national park in Moab, Utah.
Veteran Claudia Riegler took advantage of being in the States to visit former ÖSV rider and 2003 SBX World Championships Silver medallist Ursula Smith (Ursula Fingerlos) who lives with her husband and former halfpipe athlete Dan and two kids in Colorado.
In addition, the team celebrated Andreas Prommegger's 34th birthday. The two time World Cup title winner was not only pumped by the good wishes of his team mates but also by some fresh snow which fell overnight.
“It seems that the weather changed and that we can train in Echo Mountain soon as planned”, stated Krug.