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The Nordic Combined also focuses on continuity. © WERNER WERNER PHOTOGRAPHER

Cross-country skiers and Nordic combined skiers rely on continuity

Planning for the 2023/24 season has long since begun at the South Tyrol State Winter Sports Association. The new state squads were put together in the last few weeks. Cross-country skiing and Nordic combined skiing will continue to rely on existing structures in the future.

No fewer than 23 athletes will be part of the state cross-country skiing squad next winter. Three of them make up the Olympic team: David Oberhofer, Giacomo Petrini and Hannes Oberhofer – all born in 2003 and eligible to compete in the ASC Sesvenna. “At the national level, the U23 squad was abolished. It's all geared towards the 2026 Olympics. This trio is still very young and did not make it into the squad for Milan-Cortina this year. But we will give the boys special support so that they can make the jump as quickly as possible,” says head coach Veit Angerer, who can count on his colleagues Rudi Prieth, Walter Stanzl and Björn Angerer in the coaching team.

The elite squad includes Riccardo Foradori (born 2004/ASC Sesvenna) and Ruben Wurzer (2005/ASV 5V Loipe). The A-squad consists of Carlo Bettini (2007/ASC Sesvenna), Aaron Gallmetzer (2007/ASC Sesvenna), Luca Pietroboni (2007/ASC Sesvenna) and Lukas Schwingshackl (2007/ASV 5V Loipe) for the boys, as well as Marta Bellotti (2007 /ASC Sesvenna), Livia Kargruber (2006/ASV 5V Loipe), Erica Negrini (2004/ASC Sesvenna) and Giada Santus (2004/ASC Sesvenna) among the young women. Emanuele Franzoni (2007/ASC Sesvenna), Elias Oberhöller (2007/ASC Sarntal) and Matteo Piazzi (2005/ASC Sesvenna) are in the boys' B squad.

Another snow training at the end of May or beginning of June

Eva Bergmann (2007/ASV 5V Loipe), Lotta Haselrieder (2007/Kronspur ALV), Lilly Mae Hess (2006/Kronspur ALV), Lea Hintner (2007/ASV 5V Loipe), Annika Hofmann were selected for the B squad of young cross-country skiers (2007/ASV 5V Loipe), Emma Schwitzer (2008/ASC Sarntal) and Heidi Venturini (2006/ASC Sesvenna) were nominated.

“We will train again on snow on the Stelvio at the end of May and the beginning of June – depending on the snow conditions. At the beginning of July we will start the regular training camps. We are all extremely motivated and are looking forward to the new season with hope,” says cross-country skiing head coach Veit Angerer.

Eight athletes make up the state Nordic combined squad

Romed Moroder from Val Gardena is still in charge of the Nordic Combined state squad. He has an experienced trainer, Mattia Runggaldier – also from Val Gardena – at his side. The duo has been working together successfully for four years.

The boys' A squad consists of Noè Broll (born in 2009/ASC Val Gardena), Min Iorio (2008/ASC Val Gardena) and Felix Mair (2006/ASC Val Gardena). Iorio and Mair are monitored by the Italian Winter Sports Association and are therefore also members of the “FISI Osservati” team. For the girls, Anna Oberhofer (2008/ASC Val Gardena) and Leonie Runggaldier (2009/ASC Val Gardena) are at the forefront of the state squad. Three other young hopefuls from ASC Val Gardena were called up to the B squad, namely Johanna Mahlknecht (2009), Siria Marcato (2008) and Emily Senoner (2009).

“We will train on the small ski jump on Monte Pana as soon as the weather permits. That should happen in about two weeks. Afterwards, further practice sessions are planned on the 60-meter ski jump in Predazzo. That should probably happen in three weeks. We would also like to complete joint training sessions with the Italian national team in the next few months, as we have done in previous years,” explains Romed Moroder in conclusion.

Walter Eberhöfer continues to be responsible within the South Tyrol State Winter Sports Association for the sports of cross-country skiing and Nordic combined.


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