The Italian speed specialist Peter Fill is preparing to enter his eleventh season on the World Cup, and is especially planning to be ready to defend his super combined bronze medal from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Worlds 2011 at Schladming 2013. These days, the thirty-year-old policeman from Castelrotto is joining his downhill teammates on a challenging training camp in Cesenatico, where the group will be trying out new training methods with the Accademia Acrobatica.
"Although it is still ways until racing starts again,” says Fill, who counts 241 World Cup starts with one win and nine podiums in total in his palmares, “this is a very important and delicate training period. We are implementing some new exercises to help us in the flight phase and at landing. I feel well physically; the physical problems are a thing of the past. I plan to be fit at the start of the 2012-13 season - my motivation is high and much should be possible. The first objective is to qualify to race the World Champs super-G and downhill, then to seek to re-establish the continuity in performance that was lacking a bit during last season and then maybe have a stab at the event World Cup rankings."
The Italian men are recovering from last season that went below expectations. "In the spring, we analyzed the situation with our coaches and realized that we had not done much speed at this stage of preparations. This year our preparations are designed differently, and I'm sure we'll be back on top."
Regarding the World Championships course in Schladming, Fill says: "It's a complete slope, maybe not so much so in the upper part, but certainly full of bumps and with a final stretch, where you must be physically fit if you want to fight for a medal."