How did the past season go for you, as the head of Nordic Racing Services?
The 19l20 season was generally really successful, though it had an unexpected, sudden end. We were coming out of what was for us a very successful Biathlon World Championships in Antholz, Italy. Everything there was normal. Then the discussions began whether spectators would be allowed at the subsequent World Cup events in Oslo and Kontiolahti, Finland. Four days later it was almost impossible just to get back into Austria. I could never have imagined a virus could just knock out the entire world.
What effect has Covid-19 had on your team’s work this summer?
Everything was different this year. Especially since all testing on snow between April and June fell through. And essentially none of the teams was able to come to Ried during summer, and meeting in person was next to impossible. When it came to selecting Speedmax3D skis, adjusting Speedmax boots, etc., we had to do it almost 100% by telephone. All the gear had to be sent out. On top of that, the lockdown pushed back springtime ski production, which was an additional challenge.