— Dario Cologna and his Swiss teammates are currently training in Innsbruck, Austria, and coach Guri Hetland says the 2012 overall World Cup champion is looking as strong as ever. In an interview with Norwegian paper Adresseavisen, Hetland talked about Cologna’s summer training and his goals for the coming season.
“Our scheme is largely the same as last year, but we try to have slightly better quality of everything,” said Hetland. “We practice relatively traditionally, with lots of volume in the summer.”
“Everything has gone according to plan so far.”
Like his competitors, Cologna has his sights set on World Championships. A top-three in Val di Fiemme, Italy, would be Cologna’s first World Chamionships podium.
“Dario is very hungry” Hetland said. “He has no World Championship medals before and World Championships in Val di Fiemme as the season’s main goal. Beyond that, he will participate in the Tour de Ski, while some World Cup weekends must be removed.”
— This Sunday a rollerski race in Sunne, Sweden, is being held in honor of Inge Bråten, the accomplished Norwegian and Swedish ski coach who passed away this April. Petter Northug, Marcus Hellner, Johan Olsson, Charlotte Kalla, Anna Haag and Ida Ingemarsdotter are among those headed to Sunne to participate in the day’s events. Read more here.
— German and Norwegian junior skiers are planning to train together for three separate camps this summer and fall, reports Langrenn. German junior coach Markus Kramer and his Norwegian counterpart Brit Bardishol both agree than their respective junior skiers stand to learn a lot from each other.
“I think it was a very good idea. We can learn thoroughness and systematics of the Germans,” Baldhishol said.
Two of the camps will be in Sjusjoen, Norway, and one in Oberhof, Germany between the end of August and October.