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Austrians and Germans with top teams at GP final


The FIS Grand Prix 2013 concludes with the two events in Hinzenbach and Klingenthal. For the teams of Austria and Germany this is a chance for a final test of their shape against the international competition in front of their home crowds towards the end of the summer.

The Austrian Ski Association will take part in Hinzenbach on October 28th and 29th with twelve athletes. Besides the A-tem with Gregor Schlierenzauer, Wolfgang Loitzl, Andreas Kofler, Manuel Fettner, Stefan Kraft and Michael Hayboeck, also a national group, with Markus Schiffner, David Zauner, Thomas Diethart, Manuel Poppinger, Ulrich Wohlgenannt and Thomas Stauder will participate.

First competition for Schlierenzauer and Loitzl

For Gregor Schlierenzauer and Wolfgang Loitzl the competition in Hinzenbach is their first appearance in this year's Grand Prix. "I'm happy that, after a summer with intensive training and many appointments, I can return to competing now. With the great audience there, Hinzenbach is a place where I always like to jump. Of course the Summer Grand Prix is not of the same importance as the World Cup, but it's a good chance for a test. It's nice that we have a Grand Prix in Austria and an additional home event", said overall World Cup winner Gregor Schlierenzauer.

Thomas Morgenstern and Martin Koch will not compete in Hinzenbach. "Martin Koch took part in the Continental Cups in Lillehammer and Klingenthal recently. Thomas Morgenstern, who underwent sinus surgery in June, is still behind in training and not ready yet to compete in a Grand Prix", explained head coach Alexander Pointner, who didn't set any specific results as goals for his team. "We are participating with a competitive team for the first time this summer. I simply expect that the current level of performance in training can also be shown in the competition."

Germany with the A-team again

After a few weeks break, the German Ski Association will also compete with its A-team again in Hinzenbach. Andreas Wellinger, Richard Freitag, Severin Freund, Karl Geiger, Marinus Kraus and Andreas Wank will jump in Hinzenbach. Michael Neumayer will return to the team for the event in Klingenthal on October 2nd and 3rd.

Marinus Kraus will be part of the national group in the Vogtland-Arena. Besides the overall winner of this summer's COC, also Markus Eisenbichler, Stephan Leyhe, Jan Maylaender, Maximilian Mechler and Martin Schmitt will get the chance to compete there.

"After a period of intensive training - recently we were jumping on the hills in Predazzo - we are now looking forward to the final two international competitions in the Summer Grand Prix. We expect that the complete world class will be taking part. Our goal for the competitions is to present ourselves as a strong team again and defend our lead in the GP Nation's Cup", told head coach Werner Schuster.

FISskijumping.com, 26 September 2013

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