The U.S. ladies' team, including Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso are on their way to their first on-snow camp since May that will start next week at Coronet Peak in New Zealand. Their annual multi-week summer session is heavily focused on technique with gate training almost exclusively locked on giant slalom for speed skiers, while technical skiers will also work on slalom. Both groups will test numerous ski, boot and binding set-ups throughout the camp. The landscape of Coronet Peak allows U.S. coaches to train athletes on up to five different slopes each injected with water to varying degrees in order to mimic a multitude of different Audi FIS Alpine World Cup race conditions.
Meanwhile the Swiss ladies are going to the home glacier in Zermatt (SUI) to return to on-snow training next week, joining the Canadian men's and ladies' teams on the tech side who are already training there since last week.
The Italian ladies will be leaving for Argentina on 22nd July. Besides Elena Curtoni, Federica Brignone, Manuela Moelgg, Denise Karbon and Lisa Agerer, Nadia Fanchini who is now fully recovered will also participate in the speed camp in La Parva, even if she still needs to take it easy a bit.
Italian ladies' head coach Raimund Plancker is happy about the improvement in the situation of Manu Moelgg who has done a lot of therapy and will be able to join the Ushuaia trip. Irene Curtoni will only join the second training camp in Argentina in September. "Irene has chosen to stay in Europe because too much travelling may increase her problems with asthma which she has had for a while," explained Plancker.