Walder hosts first training camp rich in variety
New Austrian alpine snowboard Head Coach Ingemar Walder has kicked off his first season in charge with a varied training week.
The former World Cup racer invited the most of his team members to East and South Tyrol with pgs world champion Claudia Riegler, Daniela Ulbing, Lukas Mathies, Alexander Payer and Andreas Prommegger answering the call while 2014 Olympic medallists Julia Dujmovits and Benjamin Karl missed the course and will join the squad end of August for the first on-snow trainings session in Zermatt, Switzerland.
Over the past days, the race board cracks not only did some rafting on the river Isel but played beach volley ball, too, whilst also attending strength and endurance training exercises.
In addition, a road bike ride over more than 100 km in distance was also on the programme in South Tyrol with the 12 km climb from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Lake Misurina (1,745m) being the highlight of the trip.
“Everyone was fully focused. We not only trained very well but also had some fruitful one-on-one conversations. For me as a trainer it's very important to know what my athletes' goals are and to find out how they work,” explained Walder who had been in charge of the Swiss national team over the past two years.
“It was a really good course with some good variations. The rafting was very demanding and the scenery of our road bike trip breathtaking”, said Andreas Prommegger while his team mate Lukas Mathies added:
“Everything was well-prepared, but Ingemar was already well-known for his accuracy when he was still competing. I'm pretty sure that he will stick to this routine working as a coach, too.”
Alexander Payer mentioned that “I so far had only known his qualities as a racer, so I'm very excited working together with him as a coach. Over the past two years he had emphasized the features in the case of equipment for Switzerland, and I'm pretty sure that we can benefit from it, too.”
Claudia Riegler, who had been on tour with Ingemar Walder for many years before, stated: “We know each other very well although it's a different situation now. But my first impressions of him being a coach are 100% positive. He brings in quite some new ideas and works very structured.”
While the 43-year-old from Salzburg looks back on a long history of traveling the world together, the team's little chap Daniela Ulbing has gained her first experiences with the new squad leader.
“I'm looking forward to the on-snow training in autumn. I want to improve my riding until the season's kicks off so I'm able to play a bigger role in the race for the podium spots next season,” the 18-year-old pointed out.