After major health problems this spring and yet another break due to an illness in fall, Daniel Andre Tande is now back in training and looking forward to the upcoming season starting in Wisla (POL) just two weeks from now.
"My shape is very good, I'm back to full training. Everything is normal again", said the 24-year-old, who had to spend ten days in the hospital early summer due to the Stevens-Johnson-Syndrom and was not able to start jumping training before August. Recently he had to miss a training camp in Trondheim because he was suffering from the flu.
"We are hoping that these breaks will not be affecting the winter season. I will not worry about it too much and I'm looking forward to the season opener in Wisla. I don't expect too much of myself but I'm happy that I can compete again. My last competition was the World Cup final in Planica in March", said Daniel Andre Tande.
The Ski Flying world champion and team Olympic champion is satisfied with his performances in training so close before the start of the season, even though he lacks about 150 to 200 training jumps compared to the recent years. "The jumps are looking very good, even though I wasn't jumping that much. My level is still very high. The difference is that I don't have as many top jumps in training as usual. I would have wanted to have a few more training sessions, but I don't think this is a problem. Usually, I'm jumping better in the competitions than in training. Hopefully, this will also be the case in winter."
Goals: World Cup and 4-Hills-Tournament
Despite all the difficulties he had to deal with, the Norwegian set high goals for himself for the 2018/19 season: "Before I got sick, my goal was to be on top in the 4-Hills-Tournament or the World Cup. I really want to win an overall title, this is my next big goal. Even though I was sidelined for a long time in summer, this is still possible."