Nordic Combined weekly report

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 23, 2010 8:08 am

TEAM AUSTRIA

 Christoph Bieler will take a training break during the next few days; Felix Gottwald is working on his recovery —  he aims to be at the World Cup in Schonach at the beginning of January. Mario Stecher, who had great success in Ramsau last weekend, will celebrate Christmas with his family in his hometown Eisenerz. Willi Denifl will spend Christmas with his girlfriend in her region of Styria.

 From December 27th to 31st, Team Austria will train on the brand new hill in Seefeld. 

  TEAM ESTONIA

Team Estonia will take the Christmas week very easy. On December 25th work will start again with a training camp with whole the team including the juniors in Otepää on 29.12.-31.12.  and after short a New Year break between 2.-4.1. The Estonian nationals are scheduled  just prior to second training camp in Otepää on 2.1.2011. Then, Team Estonia will move to Schonach. Afterwards, they will compete at the COC in Klingenthal and come back to peak performance levels in Oslo at the World Championships.

Kaarel Nurmsalu and Karl-August Tiirmaa both went to home – if they still can find the place as there is an all-time snow record in Estonia. The most important thing for this week is to forget jumping and skiing, just relax and focus on Christmas and the family.

Being afraid of the cold weather in the North, Aldo Leetoja flew to Spain with his Spanish girlfriend. He will join the team on 29.12. Then, it will be interesting to see if Leetoja can match the jumping performances  he showed on his best days.

TEAM GERMANY

During Christmas, everybody’s at home, except Bjoern Kircheisen — who flew together with his girlfriend to the Maldives. He will return on 25.12. From 27.12 to 31.12., a ski jumping training camp is scheduled in Hinterzarten. On January, 4th, Team Germany will travel to Schonach; new in the team are Fabian Riesle, Manuel Faißt, Sebastian Reuschel.

TEAM ITALY

On 22 and 23.12., ski jumping training sessions were/are scheduled in Villach. Alessandro Pittin, Armin Bauer, Lukas Runggaldier and the complete B-team will train between 27. and 31.12. in Predazzo, Moena or Seefeld.

 Giuseppe Michielli is working on the K60 hill to regain strength in ski jumping in Villach.

TEAM JAPAN

Team Japan came home on Tuesday and will have a Nordic Combined national competition in Nayoro on Sunday, Nayoro is about 200 km north east of Sapporo.

The Watabe brothers and ski jumping coach Kazuyoshi Yamada went straight to Nayoro from Tokyo international airport. The other athletes who are living in Sapporo, will meet  on Friday again at the latest to take part this competition.

TEAM NORWAY

Everyone in Team Norway went home for Christmas after the competitions in Ramsau. Next meet is in Lillehammer on 27.12., There, two days of jumping practice are scheduled.

Team Norway had a good start in the season, but was not performing that well in Ramsau, so the Christmas wish of head coach Kjetil Strandbraaten is to do well in training and progress in the next ten days. “We want to be ready for the World Cups in January, when all the competitions are taking place on brand new hills. We are really looking forward to compete on these hills”, Strandbraten said.

 The most important things for the athletes to practice at the moment are: cross-country training for Jan Schmid and Petter Tande, jumping practice for Magnus Moan and Ole Christian Wendel. Mikko Kokslien has to keep up his quality work during this period.

TEAM USA

 Team USA was on its way home to Park City and Steamboat at the beginning of this week. Those athletes who competed in Ramsau will relax, the others at home will continue training. ”We have a good conditions at home in both Park City and Steamboat”, coach Dave Jarrett said. “So we will spend the break training and getting ready for the next period of World Cup  and Continental Cup action in Europe.”

Bill Demong is still waiting for the birth of his first son. Johnny Spillane and Demong have been training together in Park City in the last few days. Spillane made his first jumps since being a pre-jumper in Planica last March. Team USA is targeting his return to competition in Chaux-Neuve but doesn’t want to rule out Seefeld either.  Todd Lodwick will spend the next three weeks in Steamboat training and will return to the World Cup for Seefeld and Chaux-Neuve.

Everyone is looking forward to Christmas with family and friends.  A lot of snow has fallen and further falls are predicted, so some recreational days on the telemark skis is also planned for everyone.

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