A holiday atmosphere outside the window, yet happening in the Alpine world. Most players resume training after a short rest. Among them, our men’s team, which was preparing for the season in Italy. The training was also attended by Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel, who had the opportunity to test her new physiotherapist. From the summary you will also learn about the search for PZN for new positions, the plans of the Swiss expelled from the national team and other interesting events.
Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel with a new physiotherapist
A few days ago, Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel completed a ski training camp in Italy’s Passo Stelvio. Our best skier prepared for the next season with an already refreshed staff. The staff, along with new servant Pietro Fontana and Matteo Baldissarutti, who replaced Przemysław Buczyński as assistant coach to Marcin Orłowski. Iwona Kohut also appeared in the Gąsienicy-Daniel team, which took the position of physiotherapist. Kohut recently graduated in physiotherapy from the Academy of Physical Education in Wrocław. He is not an anonymous figure in the Polish ski community as he has several medals at the Polish Junior Championships. She was part of the national team and until recently played in the Polish academic championships. Maryna Gąsienica-Daniel missed a woman on the staff, so Kohut’s presence may contribute to even better results for the Polish woman next season 2022/2023.
A training camp for men in Italy
The male part of the National Youth Team ended another ski training camp on July 23, which took place on the Passo Stelvio glacier. The training in Italy was supervised by Ivan Ilanovsky and Maciej Bydliński. Piotr Szeląg of the National Junior Team also took part in the camp. Zuzanna Czapska of the National B Women’s Team, who rides under the watchful eye of Tomasz Wydra, also participated for a day. The training camp lasted from July 17, but was ended prematurely. The weather was to blame – currently the glacier has terrible snow conditions. To make matters worse, the forecast is marked by violent storms. The next camp will be held from July 31 to August 4 in the ski hall in Druskininkai, Lithuania, where there is constant ice.
10 Polish Alpine People with a Chance of an Elite Scholarship
The Polish Ski Federation nominated ten representatives of the country in alpine skiing for the elite Team¹º project. It is a program of the Polish National Foundation, which is carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Sport and the Institute of Sport. It aims to provide direct and non-union support to talented young players who belong to national teams and practice individual Olympic and Paralympic disciplines. The amount of the annual grant is about PLN 40,000. This allows young players to combine a sports career with learning and improve their qualifications. Funds can be allocated for, among other things: physiotherapist, doctor, dietician, psychologist, supplementation, rental apartment or studio.
PZN focuses on improving marketing
A month after the election of the new PZN board led by President Adam Małysz, some changes are already visible. One of the first is to improve the image of the union and its communication. That is why PZN has organized a competition for the head of the Communications Department. The union presented the job responsibilities and a number of requirements for this position. The main tasks of the employee are to create an information and promotion policy and to coordinate the execution of activities related to the communication of the Polish Ski Association.
The applications and related documents must be sent to the union mail no later than August 1, 2022 at 4:00 PM. The Competition Committee set up by the management of PZN will then consider the applications submitted and submit its proposal for a candidate for this position to the management of PZN for approval. The final results of the competition will be published on the website www.pzn.pl. Soon a competition will be announced for the Sports Director, who will coordinate the individual disciplines of the association.
The Tragic Death of the Father of Austrian Masters
A hard fate befell the Austrian family as a skier. Hubert Matt, 65, father of great skiers Mario, Michael and Andreas, died on the spot after falling from a balcony during renovations on his own home. The drama happened on Thursday evening in Flirsch in Tyrol. One of Andreas’s sons was present at the time of the accident. Despite trying to resuscitate his father, he was unable to save him. The Matt family is one of the most successful ski families in Austria. Mario Matt won Olympic gold in the slalom in his career and became world champion three times. Michael became Olympic team champion last winter and has already won two World Cup silver medals. Andreas, on the other hand, practiced skicross, taking Olympic silver and becoming world champion.
Marco Odermatt’s friend will struggle to get back to the team
Reto Schmidiger, who specializes in slalom, will not be in the Swiss national team next season. All because he struggled with several injuries and scored just 16 cup points. However, the multiple junior world champion and a close friend of Marco Odermatt is not about to give up and wants to follow in the footsteps of Johannes Strolz. Despite his own training, the Austrian unexpectedly won the World Cup in Adelboden and received a pass for the Olympic Games in Beijing. Strolz had a fantastic performance in China. There he won two gold and one silver medal and became his country’s most successful player at the event. Schmidiger had several lengthy conversations with Strolz and decided to prove to his ski club that he had acted too hastily.
The Swiss hardware supplier and main sponsor, who have remained loyal to him, will help him achieve his goal. As a result, he can afford the personal trainer Matthias Brügger, with whom he once drove as a player in the national team. Brügger himself confirmed that his district can afford good results. Schmidiger proved this in the first runs in Wengen (11th place) and Schladming (14th place). He also performed well during the Swiss championship, where he finished third in the slalom. After a few training camps, Schmidiger is in Passo Stelvio, which did not suffer from his previously injured knee. After that, he will fly with his coach to New Zealand in early August, where he will prepare and participate in several Continental Cup competitions to improve the FIS points. In late autumn, he wants to participate in the tests with the Swiss national team. If these are positive, we can expect Marco Odermatt’s friend at the start of the World Cup.
Another improvement in Solomon’s team
The French company producing ski equipment does not slow down and took another famous alpine under its wing. This time, Italian veteran Riccardo Tonetti joined Solomon. The combination and slalom specialist has been riding Blizzard skis for four years. Tonetti will try to improve on his best result in the World Cup with the new skis, which is fourth in the 2019 alpine combination. For example, the Italian joined the ranks of Alice Robinson, Michelle Gisin, Camille Rast and Mathieu Faivre, who before joined the ranks of Solomon in the 2022/2023 season.
Source: Own information, Instagram, PZN, Krone.at, Blick.ch, pfn.org.pl