SKINS, the pioneering Australian compression sportswear brand, continues its official partnership with the Austrian Ski Federation this winter season. The agreement sees SKINS continuing to supply performance enhancing compression garments to the Ski-Jumping team and the Nordic Combined teams up until and including the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The Austrian national Ski-Jumping team have been using a specially designed, made to measure SKINS all-in-one compression suit under their ski-jumping suits since 2009. Alexander Pointner, head Ski Austria ski-jumping coach, comments that these suits “have one of those little advantages that decide medals at the Olympic Games”. Pointner says, “We always strive to improve ourselves in every detail. With SKINS, we have found a partner with a technology that we can positively apply in a number of areas”.
The Ski-Jumping Team in their SKINS suits
The Nordic Combined Team in their SKINS suits
The SKINS Research & Development team works closely with the athletes to trial new technologies and as a result, the all-in-one-suits are constantly evolving. For the 2012/13 Winter season, unique fabric panels have been introduced in key areas to reduce friction between the SKINS garment and the outer layer jumpsuits. Athletes are also currently wear-testing the next generation of suits for the 2014 Olympics.
Since the partnership with SKINS began, at the beginning of the 2009/10 winter season, the Austrian Ski-Jumping team have competed with consistent success. The team won gold in the large hill team event at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Last season, the quartet of Thomas Morgenstern, Andreas Kofler, Gregor Schlierenzauer and Martin Koch flew into Gold medal position at the 2012 Ski Flying World Championships. The Austrians also dominated the events at the 60th Four Hills Tournament – Schlierenzauer was the overall winner, with Kofler taking 2nd place and Morgenstern 3rd overall.
“Ski-Jumping and Nordic Combined disciplines are highly technical, requiring heightened proprioception and explosive muscle performance,” says Christian Gut, Global Marketing & Category Director at SKINS. “Training for the events is equally demanding and recovery features heavily in their programme. The athletes are convinced of the benefits that the SKINS suits and garments provide during training, competition and recovery”.
Ski Austria’s Research & Development Director, Toni Giger said of the partnership, “For Ski Austria, it’s extremely important that the equipment our athletes use meets the highest possible standards of quality and innovation. SKINS is a flagship partner in this respect and is therefore instrumental in the successes of the Ski-Jumping and Nordic Combined teams”.