With the beginning of the season just around the corner the Nordic ski journalists gathered at the traditional Forum Nordicum to prepare themselves for the World Cup winter with the latest information from the IBU and the FIS. Fischer once again took this opportunity to invite the Nordic journalists to an exclusive press conference. They were joined in a relaxed atmosphere by overall World Cup winner in the Nordic Combined, Eric Frenzel (GER), and fourth-placed athlete in the Biathlon World Cup, Jakov Fak (SLO) who spoke about their preparations for the Olympic season.
The venue was Ankaran in Slovenia on the Adriatic coast – not exactly a mecca for winter sports, but nevertheless home to many winter sports enthusiasts. And this was reflected in the excellent atmosphere at the "Fischer Evening".
Fast without heat and pressure
To begin with the head of the Nordic division at Fischer, Thomas Drindl, presented some facts and figures about the company in an interview. "It's important for me here to emphasise that Fischer is still a family-owned company. This is what makes us so different and why we stand out compared to all the other suppliers in the ski industry," said Drindl. Gerhard Urain, Nordic Race Director, then answered some questions about the successes of the previous season, presented a brief outlook for the upcoming Olympic winter and introduced the new Fischer racing ski called "Speedmax"
. "The name says it all: the new skis are very fast because the base is no longer subjected to the combination of heat and pressure in the newly developed production process," explained Gerhard Urain. "The reactions of the service staff and athletes have been incredibly positive.".
Speedmax is convincing
This was also confirmed by overall World Cup winner Eric Frenzel who was on a pair of these skis when he took his World Championship title in Val di Fiemme (ITA). "The service team always test the skis before the race and they went for the fastest – Speedmax – and I certainly have no regrets," said the World Champion, with a mischievous grin on his face.
Jakov Fak is also highly enthusiastic about the products of his equipment sponsor and feels optimistic about the season despite his shoulder injury: "The equipment is ideal, the skis are really fast and if I still take it easy with my shoulder for a little longer then I'm sure I will be a force to be reckoned with again when the season gets underway in Östersund (SWE)." As Jakov Fak was born in Croatia and now competes for Slovenia, he felt particularly honoured to be part of this event.
Sights set on Olympics
Both athletes are already looking forward to the upcoming season and the obvious highlight of the Olympic Games in Sochi. Before then, however, there is still plenty to do. Jakov Fak travelled back to his current training location in Pokljuka (SLO) the same night while Eric Frenzel made his way to Ingolstadt (GER) the next day and the wind tunnel where he put the finishing touches to his flying position and to start out in the Olympic winter with a perfect setup.