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There are only a few hours left till the official opening of the 52nd FIS Nordic Ski Championships in Seefeld, Tyrol. The Ladies’ Sprint and the Skating Men competition are the first cross-country decisions taking place on the 21st of February. Austrian Head trainer Markus Gandler is looking forward to interesting competitions and is inviting all fans to come to watch the competition right on location. “We are cordially inviting all fans and visitors to join us during the Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld. We have been working long and hard to pull of this big sports event. The home advantage for the Austrian athletes is not that big as we have a very young but eager team. Our boys and girls are not yet used to present themselves in front of the crowd. But we worked hard to compete successfully in these Championships. We are looking forward to participating in the competitions and perform accordingly” says the Austrian trainer who nominated two ladies and seven men for the World Championships.
Norway has two topstars participating in Seefeld: Therese Johaug and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, but also the Austrian athletes want to fight for the medals. Especially Teresa Stadtlober is going to fight for victory (after the mistake in Pyoengchang where she was close to winning silver but went the wrong way just before the finish line). Dominik Baldauf is hoping for a quick recovery after his current cold.
Benjamin Moser, the Tyrolean athlete from lake Achensee is very happy to participate in this Championship: “It is great that I am participating in this competition. It is my highlight of the year, especially as I come from the Tyrol. I cannot really say whether it’s going to be an advantage or not. But it’s great that local people will cheer and I am looking forward to the wonderful atmosphere at this big event. I have a very good feeling and will give 120 percent!”