Christina Döringer and Anian Sossau are looking forward to it: the cross-country duo from the Ruhpolding base will be able to represent the German colors at the Junior World Championships in Whistler (Canada/January 28 to February 4). Döringer competes in the U20 age group, Sossau in the U23 athletes.
Döringer “didn’t expect to be nominated at all”. Because the first Continental Cup did not go as planned for the 18-year-old, in the meantime she was ill and even missed a competition. “But then I achieved half the standard in Oberstdorf – and because I was the only German to even complete a partial standard, I was hoping for the World Junior Championships.” In Canada, “the focus is on the race for her over 20 kilometers in the mass start, “says Döringer. On the one hand, because this competition takes place in classic technique, in which she is currently even stronger than in skating, on the other hand, “because distance races suit me better than sprinting. The athlete from the Nordic team of Klingenbrunn (district of Freyung-Grafenau) passed his Abitur last April, “and I really wanted to continue in this sport. So she finally arrived at Ainring State Police, where she has been promoted to a competitive athlete since October 1, “and that’s why it was obvious to go at the base in Ruhpolding”. Now she lives in the village and does not have to go far to train at the Chiemgau Arena.
Sossau would like to build on the good performances he has already been able to show during the season so far. “I made a good start to the season, even if I was a little sick at the start. The Continental Cup in Ortisei (7th KT sprint and 2nd over 10 kilometers FT, editor’s note) went very well and I qualified for the Tour de Ski. The sprint there was also very good, but then it was very difficult in the chase that followed – the pace was extremely high from the start and I tried to hold on as long as possible. A few days of extra preparation in the Vinschgau (near the Reschensee) was followed by the Continental Cup in Oberstdorf, “where the air was a bit outside”.
But now Sossau wants to attack again. This is why he trained for the last time in Planica (Slovenia) on the courses of the Adult World Championships (February 22 to March 5). After all, he has high goals at the JWM, as “it’s quite simply the highest quality competition for the U23s”. He sees chances of getting on the podium in Canada in both the classic sprint and the 10 kilometer skating race. “Especially in the sprint, it’s very tight, so you have to have a particularly good day,” said Sossau. “I really want to be really fit.” With a JWM podium, he would not only fight for a good chance for the expected use in the JWM relay, but would also recommend for the Adult World Championships in Planica. He now knows the routes there very well.
You can read more about this in the print edition of the PNP on Thursday, January 26 – including in the Trostberger Tagblatt and the Reichenhaller Tagblatt.
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