How do you prepare the various components such as skis, ski boots and bindings?
In my case with Sara, we started with "standard" models. Depending on the conditions and of course, input from the athlete, a decision is then made together with the ski boot fitting team on which adjustments must be made to in order to have the fastest material.
What are the final preparations before the athlete starts?
Everything is checked again - edges are checked, binding screws are rechecked, shoe soles are freed from ice. Once that's done, the athlete is high-fived shortly before the start and off we go.
What are the final preparations for this special event and which skis are coming to the Far East?
The actual preparations of the material are made on site, since we will probably find very special conditions. We don't change ski models - it will be more or less small adjustments.
How high is the pressure before this particular event?
In a special season like this, which only happens every four years, the pressure is a little bit higher at every race. Everyone wants to get results in order to be sure to be there. Once you have done that, the cards are completely reshuffled and, like in all other races, everything has to fit. Pressure and nervousness is certainly higher - you only have this one chance!