SKINS, the pioneering Australian compression sportswear brand has extended its official partnership with the Austrian Ski Federation beyond the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The new agreement sees SKINS continuing to supply performance enhancing compression garments to the Ski-Jumping team and expanding the relationship to include the Nordic Combined team as well.
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 Nordic Combined Team in their SKINS suits
The Ski-Jumping 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 2011/12 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, featuring SKINS 400 Series technologies such as dynamic gradient compression and Memory MX fabrics.
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 and claimed gold in both the normal hill and large hill events at the 2011 World Ski Championships in Oslo. Athletes have also won gold, silver and bronze medals in the individual events.
“Ski-Jumping is a highly technical sport, requiring heightened proprioception and explosive muscle performance,” says Greg Steyger, Head of Innovation at SKINS. “Training for the event is equally demanding and recovery features heavily in their programme. The athletes recognise and appreciate the benefits that the SKINS suits and garments provide during training, competition and recovery”.
Steyger continues, “We are excited to be working with the Nordic Combined team as well – they will be using the all-in-one suits for both the Cross Country Skiing and Ski-Jumping disciplines and we hope these bring further success to the teams at the next Olympic Games.”
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”.
Author: Kezia Everson
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