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Leaving for the end of the season  Austrian Olympic Committee

Leaving for the end of the season Austrian Olympic Committee

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

There are still three weeks until the Skeleton World Cup finals in Lake Placid, but the Austrian skeleton team with Janine Flock flew to the United States on Wednesday.

“I'm looking forward to the Olympic track in Lake Placid, it's great! Because I missed the World Cup there in 2022 due to injury, it's been five years since That I traveled there.”

Two wins and four podiums

The Tyrolean has already celebrated two of its 10 World Cup victories and achieved four more podium finishes on the 1,455-metre-long icy track featuring 20 technically demanding bends bearing the resounding name of the Van Hoevenberg Mountain. In November 2017, Flock also set the record there with a time of 54.69 seconds.

The first skeleton trials on this track begin on Sunday, and Janine Flock and her teammates Julia Erlacher, Anya Unterscheider, Samuel Mayer and Alexander Schlintner will also start in the North American Cup races on March 7 and 8.

Planning rather than calculating

“We use the time to train on the track and view the North American Cup as a development competition. After that, there is still a week until the World Cup Final,” says Flock, who will go into the season’s skeleton final on March 21 in fifth place overall. A third-place finish in the World Cup is still mathematically possible for a two-time World Cup winner.

Flock has no experience with such mathematical games: “The three days of competition at the World Championships in Altenburg last week left their mark on me. I took advantage of the few days at home for physiotherapy and targeted training sessions, but everything was very stressful until I left The situation with my back is what it is now, I know what to do until the end of the season and we already have a plan beyond that.

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