Dominic Peter is skipping the upcoming ski jumping season. Swiss-Ski announced this on Wednesday. The reason for the long break was “for health and mental reasons.” After the difficult sports season ended, Peter realized that he was suffering from nutritional problems.
It’s important for me to give myself enough time during this process so that I can take a healthy approach to food again.
According to the statement, the focus for the 22-year-old is now his “physical and mental health.” It is supported professionally by specialists. The young skier wants to give himself enough time for the recovery process: “It is important for me to give myself enough time during this process so that I can maintain a healthy approach to food again.”
Eating disorders are widespread in the sport of ski jumping
Eating disorders are a widespread problem in elite sports and especially in ski jumping. Many ski jumpers are hungry for success – because those who are lighter fly farther. The global association FIS responded in 2004 with a constantly revised BMI rule. Since then, jumpers have had to reach a minimum BMI value in order to be able to jump at the maximum ski length (sda).
At Swiss-Ski the problem is approached with open ears. Since this season, the “FUEL 2.0” project has been focusing on a healthy approach to nutrition. “The main target is healthy athletes who can exploit their performance potential,” explains Nordic director Guri Noten. The project, supported by Swiss Olympic, is also being implemented in the field of cross-country skiing and biathlon.
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