Tomaz Druml, a long-standing member of the Austrian B-team has decided to compete for Slovenia from the upcoming winter on. The FIS Council has approved the application.
"After a long stretch of health issues (overtraining, arrhythmics, performance drop, training breaks) during the last three years, I have tried again to reach the top in nordic combined during the last season. Because my performance, especially in cross country was lagging behind in the beginning of the season, I couldn’t make the results and the cut for a spot in the Austrian Ski team.
The question was: Do I fight by myself and finance everything from my own wallet, or do I just quite my career….
Nordic combined was a passion of mine from my childhood years on, therefore quitting was not an option for me. Especially because I had the feeling that I have not yet reached my peak. By talking to the officials of the Slovenian Ski Federation at the Ski jumping Worldcup finals in Planica, I was offered to change nationality and start for Slovenia. Yesterday it was finally approved at the FIS congress in Portorož that I can compete in the upcoming season 2017/2018 under Slovenian flag.
It is however very important for me to also thank the Austrian Ski Federation, my colleagues, trainers and officials. I was a pleasure to enjoy a wonderful time and celebrate great results and moments with the Austrian Ski Team.
Now I am really looking forward to my upcoming endeavours and this-way start my summer preparation with a big smile."