Felix Neureuther: “The ÖSV problems started with Marcel Hirscher”

Felix Neureuther: “The ÖSV problems started with Marcel Hirscher”
Felix Neureuther (left) and Marcel Hirscher in 2016
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The Ski World Cup starts its new season on Saturday in Sölden. After a mixed season, ÖSV President Roswitha Stadlober recently raised expectations and publicly stated that winning crystal balls was the goal.

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Austria had recently been overtaken, especially by the Swiss. Felix Neureuther highlights one aspect as the main reason for this. “For me, a mistake was made: the individual training,” says the former German ski star in an interview with “Heute”.

“Austria was characterized by team unity. In Maier’s or Raich’s times, the runners pushed each other up,” continued the 39-year-old, who said that Marcel Hirscher’s special position played a key role. “Hirscher was no longer part of the team. That’s when the problems started.”

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Neureuther sees another crux in the lack of hunger of some athletes: “Many young people in Austria are happy when they have the ÖSV jacket on. They get it at a young age. For many, the big goal is achieved with squad status, but that’s just the beginning Come on.” This puts him in the same vein as some experts who recently identified staying in the comfort zone as a key problem.

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