Walter Hofer, der seit dem FIS-Kongress sowohl das Skispringen als auch die Nordische Kombination koordiniert, äußerte sich vom Beginn der Sommer-Saison zur Situation. Nachfolgend die Meinung des Österreichers.
Zum Grand Prix 2008:
”The FIS Grand Prix is already an established fixture in preparation for the upcoming World Cup season 2008/2009. Not only does this series help our athletes and coaches in evaluating their current performance levels, but it also helps our hosts and FIS in testing improvements and innovations in the competition field. Of course, the main focus has to be on the preparation for the winter”˜s tightly packed Ski Jumping season. Besides traditional highlights like the Four-Hills-Tournament and Ski Flying, the Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec (CZE) and the Pre-Olympic Games in Vancouver (CAN) are on the calendar as well. Each nation has a different emphasis regarding those main events, but the participant field for the summer competitions already promises to be filled with all the current stars of this sport”.
Zur Situation in der Nordischen Kombination:
”In Nordic Combined, a phase of consolidation has been initiated with the desired goal of simplying the respective competition formats and the quota system that determines the qualifying athletes for each nation. Additionally, there will be two separate series: the World Cup and a second level, to be called Continental Cup. To assess the suggested measures in practise, the FIS decision-makers approved a test phase that will be held in the form of a Summer Grand Prix with Hinterzarten (GER), Oberstdorf (GER) and Einsiedeln (SUI) as the host locations. In these competitions, a new competition format consisting of only one ski jump, followed by a 10 km cross-country race, will be tried out. The feedback from our athletes and coaches, as well as the opinions of the National Ski Associations, will be fundamental in regard to the application of the proposed reforms to regular World Cup events and title events.”