Austrian race board team heads down under
Six women (Julia Dujmovits, Marion Kreiner, Ina Meschik, Heidi Neururer, Claudia Riegler, Sabine Schöffmann) and six men (Andreas Lausegger, Lukas Mathies, Andreas Prommegger, Toni Unterkofler, Manuel Veith, Ingemar Walder) will intensively train on snow in the Southern hemisphere for three weeks.
The squad will departure in Munich and fly over Dubai and Christchurch to Queenstown.
The NZ headquarter will be based in Wanaka from where the team and the staff led by head coach Tom Weniger will travel to the ski resorts of Snowpark, Treble Cone and Cardrona, where the halfpipe aces kick of the new World Cup season next week (August 25 and 26).
Thereafter, the whole team heads north for some on snow training scheduled in Lake Tepako and Roundhill.
“It's the first time since 2005 that the parallel team trains in the Southern hemisphere,” said Tom Weniger.
Seven years ago, the camp was based in Las Lenas, Argentina. Over the past years, the national team rooster went to Switzerland for some glacier sessions.
“The ski resorts in the Wanaka area are well-known and offer ideal training conditions. That's why also various ski teams go there, too. The resorts offer perfect conditions to prepare for the next season,” stated Weniger just before take-off.
Only two big names will miss the New Zealand stay due to injury: Sigi Grabner (ACL and meniscus left knee) as well as Benjamin Karl (ligament rupture left foot) are still working on their recovery.
2010 Olympic Silver medalist Karl however already sees some light at the end of the tunnel.
The father of one little daughter will be back on snow in October and currently works hard to get back in shape participating in the 2,200 km (30,000 meters in elevation) long cycling race called „Race Around Austria“.