The Salzburg State Ski Association is entering the Nordic World Ski Championships with a large team and great expectations. Of the total of 28 athletes in the ÖSV, eleven come from Salzburg. The hopes rest primarily on Marita Kramer and Stefan Kraft.
The two Salzburg ski jumpers are among the best in the world and one of the favorites in Oberstdorf. Kramer has already won three World Cup competitions this season and recently only lost the overall lead due to unfortunate circumstances. She was disqualified in Hinzenbach and was not allowed to take part in the jumping in Romania because of a false-positive corona test.
For SLSV President Bartl Gensbichler, Kraft and Kramer are not the only ones who are medal candidates: “Eleven Salzburg participants at the World Championships in Oberstdorf, that’s a fantastic thing.
The expectations are high, because a lot is possible, especially when jumping. Chiara Hölzl and Marita Kramer are both good for medals, and in the men’s category, in addition to Stefan Kraft, Daniel Huber and Jan Hörl can be trusted. “
For the first time medals for combiners
For the first time in the history of skiing, medals will be awarded in Oberstdorf among the women who have competed in combiners, and Claudia Purker from Salzburg will also be there. But Mario Seidl has outsider chances, who is not yet among the world’s best in his comeback season, but who is definitely good for a team medal with his teammates.
The Radstadt resident’s season has not yet gone as planned, but the build-up of form for the major event seems to be right: “I feel really good and I’m ready, the World Cup can come. I have a better feeling than before the tour, “emphasized Stadlober, who in the German Allgäu is once again the only hope for top Austrian cross-country skiing spots.
Being there is everything
The rest of the winter saw some top ten results, but there were also downward outliers. “When I look at the season, I am definitely not one of the favorites, I was never on the podium, I am that realistic.” For her teammates Barbara Walchhofer, Michael Föttinger and Lukas Mrkonjic, on the other hand, the only thing that counts at the World Cup is the Olympic idea, “Being there is everything”.
The Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf begins on Wednesday with the opening and the first qualifying competitions. On Thursday, the first medals will then be awarded in the cross-country sprint and women’s ski jumping.