The Swiss men are in the midst of their traditional conditioning camp in Gstaad. Once a year the team returns to the idyllic mountain village in the Bernese Oberland to train hard during the day and then to take advantage of the royal surroundings to relax and recover at night. The team gets to enjoy the royal treatment in the Hotel Palace in Gstaad thanks to an invitation by the owner family Scherz and real estate specialist Marcel Bach.
The special atmosphere in Palace is currently being enjoyed by some dozen athletes including Didier Défago and Patrick Küng. Also included are a handful of younger athletes from the World Cup Group 2 Future. Although the training units are long and intensive, the hotel's spa and wellness area provides sufficient opportunity for some R&R.
The motto of the week is "back to the roots“. Head coach Osi Inglin describes the plan: "We are currently working intensively on the basis and laying an important foundation for the coming training weeks. We spend a lot of time in the gym and train speed & explosive power and coordinative skills as well as endurance.“
The coaches are especially happy with the progress by the injured athletes. Patrick Küng, Vitus Lüönd, Marc Gisin and Marc Gini, who are all returning from serious knee injuries and are already back on a good level. However, they all continue to train based on individual training plans that take into account their recovery status.
The camp ends on Friday and the team will shortly be returning on snow.
Patrick Küng is well on his way to recovery