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The Austrians, after 30 years of dominance are due?

Where only the Austrians, all of these shield stacking racks? These trophies, which are disparaging, so called because of their somewhat unsightly in a funnel shape, and yet sought after?

30 piece have accumulated from the neighbor. In 30 Years ' Time. In March 1989, was happening, what should be sports, historically The Switzerland won the Nations Cup of Alpine ski racers – for the last Time. Since then, there was no Arrive against the concentrated mass of fast-Austrians. Until now. Maybe.

Team Austria and in the middle of the umbrella stand. (Photo: Keystone)

It is early in the season, only eight races are dangers, and the views of the countries scoring sprayed in the beleaguered Swiss is more than just a glimmer of hope. You lead in fact, with 935 points and 77 of the projection on the duration of the winner. Gradually, the Pride is back in the ranks of Swiss-Ski. This can at least hear, who heard Carlo Janka, last week: "We stand for as a national team on the mountain. We need to exude and embody."

"It would be a strong Signal"

Urs Lehmann, the President of the Association. And, as such, is particularly interested in the umbrella stand back. Especially since he was as a driver in the Winter of 1989/90, for his debut in the world Cup – just in the season so, in the almost eerie bear market began. "For Swiss-Ski for the Nation's Cup is a prestige object," says the 50-Year-old, "there are hardly any sports in which Switzerland is number 1. It would be a strong Signal."

It would be worth it financially. "We have performance-based contracts, this means that We would get from sponsors, more money. That would cover the costs of two training groups for an entire Winter."

"Now, we are well positioned in all of the disciplines so that we can really get a lot of points. This speaks for our work in the last few years."Thomas Stauffer

The reasons for the current High, he sees in the resignation of Marcel Hirscher, the outstanding riders of the last eight years, and contributed in this period, an average of 1515 points per season to the gloss results of the Austrians. On the other Lehmann says: "We have responded to the crisis in 2012/13, wanted to 2017 be and are now even more. We have invested in the medical field, many arrangements have to be made – maybe it's luck, but maybe the reason for this is that we currently have very few injuries." The fact is: Switzerland has in each discipline for men and women, a potential victory or at least podium drivers.

To 1

left Temporally close and yet far away are the days "when we had to hope for in the technical disciplines that we are not after the 1. Run already have to leave. Now, we are very different, more self-confident. And for me, it is a little funny to stand on a slope." The Thomas Stauffer says, since five and a half years, head coach of the men. Under him are also grown in the Slalom and giant slalom Teams with a certain width and top riders pre.

learning Victories: 2019 danced Switzerland as the Team champion of the world. (Image: APA)

"Now, we are well positioned in all of the disciplines so that we can really get a lot of points. This speaks for our work in the last few years." He speaks of the training conditions, by the competition within the team, the Size of the training groups, which moves between five and six athletes. "A head coach, an assistant, a fitness coach, maybe a physical therapist – they all ensure that everyone gets to be video studied, and each is worked: the Material in the physique, skitechnisch." You have set up the groups as homogeneous as possible, the "training groups are interest groups," says Berner. And yet, he still sees potential. "Perhaps we are currently at 80 percent." The constant depth is lacking, he says. Athletes so, get behind the podium drivers regularly points.

The men are in the standings front, the women are 15 points behind Austria. To be "the first, is a requirement of our President, an overarching goal," says women's head coach Beat Tschuor. "That to me has more of less." He also speaks of the width, which is still behind the Top athletes, Wendy Holdener, Michelle Gisin, Corinne Suter and Lara gut-Behrami. "We urgently need an indoor space the driver."

As a tailor all

won by Austria. Roland Platzer, Coach of the Swiss driver inside, says: "The mass you have, the Speed at men and women. And from below what is the to always come. In the European Cup, you have five to six athletes on the front, and there is a momentum and a pressure, because many of the drivers race in front of a world Cup due to the internal qualification. We need to give in the Training, is that nothing happens, so we can at least go with a handful of at the Start." And yet the South Tyrol says: "The fight against the Austrians, there is. Everyone wants to beat!"

"As a patriot, I wanted to represent Switzerland well, because I knew watching that home almost everyone on the TV,"Vreni Schneider

As it was, in 1989, when the last managed white Vreni Schneider. The Elmerin belonged to the Golden Generation. Pirmin Zurbriggen, Peter Müller and Paul Accola holding the Swiss Flag in the case of men. And for women, in addition to Schneider, Maria Walliser and Michela Figini – the three Switzerland, were in that order in the overall world Cup at the top. Schneider won all seven Slaloms, six of the seven giant slaloms, and even a combination. "It went so well that I have a bad Conscience had sometimes almost the enemy inside," says Schneider.

The Nations ranking has always been important. "As a patriot, I wanted to represent Switzerland well, because I knew watching that home almost everyone at the TV," says Schneider. The Recipe For Success? "We were so strong, that each of the world Cup, needed a victory to be for a big event taken into account. We were Friends, and drove us. Grabbed a 80 Kilo weight on your back, elevated for the next one on 85 and one on 90."

A year later, it came to the big break. Zurbriggen, resigned also from the Valais, Figini, Brigitte Oertli and Schneider thought: "Are you insane?" Not to be wrong. It's a Deep, to go after 30 long years, finally to the end began.

Created: 06.12.2019, 06:38 PM

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