The preparations for the upcoming World Cup season are in full swing – and have been for some time.
The Fischer Race Family athletes have already been out on the snow for months. Although coronavirus put paid to training in popular destinations like New Zealand and Chile, the athletes still found ideal conditions for training, chiefly in Saas-Fee and Zermatt in Switzerland, but also on Austrian glaciers, to make sure they are fully prepared for the first races.
And the coming season is not just any old season. For one thing, it’s a World Championship season: from 7 February 2021 athletes will be pushing themselves to the limit in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, to triumph in the battle for medals.
For another, many aspects of the 20I21 race season will be organised differently. Changes of venue and race procedure, stringent security, new rules for spectators – the FIS has assembled a package of strict COVID-19 measures and has also rearranged the race calendar. This year, races will be held in Central Europe only and every effort will be made to make them as efficient and safe as possible. There will be no spectators in Sölden, something which is likely to be seen at many other races as well. The measures to be taken will be decided for each race individually and will greatly depend on the situation in the area at the time. This means that they will be imposed at short notice.
Even if many things are different this year, the Fischer Race Family is raring to go. Above all, we are delighted to welcome promising new members for the coming season. The Swiss skier Luca Aerni, Englishman Dave Ryding and Marina Wallner from Germany will be racing on Fischer skis in future.
Apart from the new signings, contract extensions, for example with the two Austrians Max Franz and Stefan Brennsteiner, the German Marlene Schmotz and the Italians Manfred Mölgg and Giuliano Razzoli – the latter was already using Fischer for the last races of the previous season – have made the mood in the Fischer racing stable a very positive one.
Nicole Schmidhofer and Daniel Yule are once again sure to be among the absolute favourites for next season. The Austrian speed specialist and the Swiss technical wizard can hardly wait to pull out all the stops in 20I21 too. Great things are also expected again of last season’s podium finishers Kathi Truppe, Alexander Khoroshilov and Urs Kryenbühl.
Fischer Racing Director Siegi Voglreiter is also looking forward to an exciting new season: “Although faced with many new circumstances, our top athletes are highly motivated and ready to produce outstanding performances again this winter. I wish the athletes and the whole service team a successful winter and above all that they all stay healthy.”