Verner: ... Before I decided to move back to Oberstdorf, I had to make a far bigger decision: whether or not I want to keep on skating one more year. After this decision, I had to make sure I was physically ready for the coming season. My physical shape had a lot to do with my poor results in the past two years, which affected my confidence. I haven't regained my confidence quite yet, but I am working with Mr. Huth, and Carolina Kostner is a great inspiration to get back on track.
Icenetwork: In your opinion, what was the main cause of inconsistency in your performances in the two past seasons?
Verner: Two years ago, I suffered from a severe back injury that was a major setback in my practice, as well as in everyday life. It took a very long time for me to recover physically. It took even longer to come back to real training, landing all the jumps again and so on.
Then I had to slow down again, because my back couldn't withstand the amount of activity. This procedure of slowing down due to my weak back repeated itself a couple more times and that influenced my subconscious and my self-confidence.
Icenetwork: What is next for Tomáš Verner?
Verner: I have many plans for the future. A few months after the Olympic Games in Sochi, I should be done with my MBA study, and then I will be ready to jump into normal life, without skates on my feet. I will always stay in touch with figure skating and with sport -- I haven't just decided in which form yet. Anyway, as I said earlier, I take everything one step at a time (smiles).