After an intensive training camp, the whole team is raring to go in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, and despite some minor injury worries concerns, head coach Kim Raisner and Axel Stamann believe their powerful and success-hungry team have the ability and desire to do really well, even if they are competing against some world class opposition.
Having taken time off to finish her studies, Schöneborn has slowly been getting back to her level and will now be primed to end the competition with an Individual Medal, something she has successfully done in three of the last four editions, coming fourth in 2012 but claiming Team-Relay gold.
Without the injured German champion Patrick Dogue, the German men still aim for good results with the promising Alexander Nobis having impressed this season with a 9th place finish at World Cup #4 in Budapest and a 12th position at the European Championships. The 23-year-old from Berlin believes that if he can "build on these achievements, the finals should be certainly possible."
For Stefan Köllner, his season plagued by persistent knee problems, "a place in the top ten would be a good way of putting a difficult year behind me. I am hungry and now really looking forward to the competition." Teenager Fabian Liebig will be approaching these World Championships to gain valuable experience at the top level.
The women have a further three athletes taking part alongside Schöneborn, including Annika Schleu who will be high on confidence following her 6th place at the European Championships last month. She said, "I have no specific targets so I can be totally relaxed, there is no pressure on me. I know however that I want to perform on this stage and have a good competition."
Janine Kohlmann is still carrying a thigh injury and will therefore sit out the individual draw and will instead focus on the Team Relay, in which Germany are defending champions. The women’s quartet is then completed by 25-year-old student Claudia Knack who said, "getting to Kaohsiung has already made my season a success. I can now focus discipline by discipline and see what