Austrians Manuel Feller, Michael Matt, Marco Schwarz, and Christian Hirschbuehl completed an intensive conditioning and strength training camp last week at the Hotel Forsthofgut in Leogang, Austria. In mid-August, the training group led by Coach Marko Pfeifer travels to the first on-snow training camp of the season in New Zealand.
“At the moment I feel better than I have in a long time,” said Feller after the training block. “In summer the condition training is not always so funny, but nevertheless it is the prerequisite for the winter.”
PyeongChang 2018 teammate and slalom bronze medalist Matt is also in the thick of the sweaty preparation.
“Hard training is just part of our job and homework has to be done,” he said. “In the spring it was more stressful due to some appointments than in the past, but I cannot buy anything with my medal in the coming season.”
In mid-August the Austrian slalom skiers travel to New Zealand for a joint training camp. For Schwarz, it is an important part of the preparation.
“If you are tormented every day during the condition training you are looking forward to the snow training again,” Schwarz said. “Time in New Zealand is extremely important to me. There you can drive very large volumes and, moreover, the snow is very similar to ours in Austria. ”
Also in training is the 28-year-old Hirschbuehl. “I have set myself no fixed goals for the coming season,” he said. “I want to get better in every single area and then I am very confident. Until we fly to New Zealand, I want to have done most of the confectionary training.”
Marc Digruber was missing from the joint training course in Leogang. He and his wife are expecting their first child together in the coming days.
Release courtesy of the Austrian Ski Federation (OSV).