A team of seven athletes with all the top jumpers
will represent the German Ski Association (DSV)
in the opening event of this year's FIS Grand Prix
in Wisla, Poland next weekend.
Besides the team Olympic Champions of Sochi, Severin
Freund, Andreas Wank, Andreas Wellinger and Marinus
Kraus, also Richard Freitag, Karl Geiger and Markus
Eisenbichler will compete on the Adam-Malysz-hill.
"We are looking forward to the Summer Grand
Prix in Wisla. The currently best German ski jumpers
will be in Poland and therefore we are very interested
to see the results of these first international
competitions", head coach Werner Schuster is
quoted in a media release of the DSV. "Over
the last months we had an intense training period
during which we were working on two different aspects.
On the one hand the athletic part, and on the other
hand we were also focusing on the feeling during
the jump and flying skills. Due to the changes of
the rules we also did some equipment testing."
Ski flying World Champion Severin Freund is also
looking forward to the first competitions after
a four-months break. "Compared to last summer,
I had a lot less problems in this training period.
My back is stable, I can train well and feel fit.
Although I couldn't achieve top results in Wisla
so far, I like jumping on this hill. Maybe I will
be able to do well there this time. After the strong
performances of Kamil Stoch last winter the atmosphere
will be good. I expect a lot of fans and they will
turn Wisla into a ski jumping festival. I'm really
looking forward to this weekend and I'm curious
to see where I stand compared to the international
field after the training so far."