We all want to look into the future. When it comes to the future of skiing – it’s already here, in Oberstdorf.
No secret that elite athlete’s training changed a lot in the last decade. Back in 2011 a picture of a female skier doing a set of pull-ups with weights chained to her legs would baffle, perhaps horrify any coach – now it’s a routine. Champions become stronger, more coordinated – and younger.
It’s not like young talents never made it to the World Championships: a 18 year old Yelena Vyalbe came to the one held in 1987 (also in Oberstdorf) and a 18 year old Therese Johaug even won a medal at her debut. The difference is, back then teenagers were expected to grow and mature through the years – nowadays it’s an immediate future, impersonated.
We are not including into this review 21 year old Patricija Eiduka who Izabela Marcisz are such experienced World Cup athletes by now so hardly coukd be callee new names.
There are several atheletes however, who had their breakthrough at Vuokatti
a few weeks ago and who’s been taken to Oberstdorf on the wings of their success: