Swiss boarder cross team prepares in Saas-Fee
Right now, the Swiss boarder cross team has set up its fourth snow camp in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.
Over the total of 20 days, the Simona Meiler, Emilie Aubry and new member Sandra Gerber as well as Tim Watter, Ruben Arnold and Marvin James are aiming to get the right shape for the World Cup opener in the Montafon, Austria, in early December on the Allalin glacier.
The six riders are accompanied by their staff consisting of head coach Harald Benselin, coach Rafael Rhyner, service tech Blake Lewis and physio Jacqueline Poffet.
“Ralf and I have been here for many years now and thus build up a good collaboration with the resort. They help a lot with the building of the course,” said Benselin.
The track build by Saas-Fee shaper Tino Raaflaub with the help of Swiss skicross head coach Ralf Pfaeffli however is not reserved for the Swiss rooster only.
“Every team is more than welcome to come over train on the course, for a rental fee,” explained Benselin.
The track provides three roller sections, five banks and one corner and lasts some 60 seconds. In addition, all riders can benefit from the halfpipe and the kicker line located right next to the training course.
“It's just amazing to have such great training facilities.”
In addition, Benselin hopes that this camp is a good step to the team's next main goal: Sochi 2014.
“Although our team is smaller now, the goal is simple: one podium spot for both, men and women in Sochi.
After two medals at the last Olympics my dream would be to get a man in the top-3. We'll see if this works out.
We have a 1.5 years ahead of us to build this new team and showing that Switzerland is getting stronger and stronger for the next Winter Games” added the head coach.