ÖSV snowboarder train down under with new coach
Snowboard shredders Clemens Schattschneider, Mathias Weißenbacher, Philipp Kundratitz and Alois Lindmoser are currently in Australia to prepare for the new season. The freestyle quartet stays down under for a three week training camp – the first one organised by new Head Coach Christian 'Gigi' Scheidl.
Scheidl, a 31-year-old Styria native, has taken over the roster from Stefan Czerwenka and will coach the World Cup as well as the Europa Cup team together with Paul Senoner and Dominik Huber.
The staff hopes to give some new impetus to the riders by bringing both squads together.
While only the top guns underwent the long travel to the Southern hemisphere, the new coach was already able to drew a first positive line:
“It's a fantastic chance and big challenge at the same time to work together with the Austrian freestyle team. Besides the well-experienced riders there are a few up-and-coming talents who have the potential to catch up with the international elite.”
While the future looks bright for Snowboard Team Austria, two big names of the past years are missing on the passenger list to Australia: Adrian Krainer and Michael Macho who both decided during the summer to retire from competitive snowboarding.
Krainer brought home four top-10 World Cup results while also finishing in eight position in the slopestyle event at the 2013 World Champs.
Macho's best results are two second ranks at the big air World Cup stops in Denver and Stockholm 2011 while also finishing in ninth position in the slopestyle event at the 2011 World Championships.