Germany’s Olympic and world champion ski jumper Severin Freund has sent a good luck message to the athletes set to compete at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, due to take place in his home region of Freyung-Grafenau in February.
Freund, also a former World Cup champion, released the video as part of the countdown to the event in Finsterau, which is due to start on February 10.
The 28-year-old was part of the gold medal winning squad in the men's large hill team event at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
He also secured two gold medals at the 2015 International Ski Federation Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun in Sweden.
Freund was successful in the individual large hill and mixed team normal hill events.
"Congratulations to Finsterau on hosting this year’s World Para Nordic Skiing World Championships," said the German.
"I am glad that you brought this event to the Bavarian Forest.
"I want to wish all athletes good luck, I am looking forward to fair competitions, great memories, a lot of snow and of course a lot of success.
"A big thank you to all volunteers for making this event possible."
Around 135 athletes from 25 countries are due to compete in cross-country skiing and biathlon in what will be the last major competition before the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang.
The Opening Ceremony is due to take place on February 10, with competition in middle-distance biathlon on February 11 and cross-country sprint on February 12.
Following official training on February 13, there is competition scheduled in individual biathlon on February 14, open and mixed cross-country relays on February 15, and long-distance cross-country on February 16.
Another day of official training is scheduled for February 17, while sprint biathlon competition is due to be held on February 18 before middle-distance cross-country competition on February 19.
The Closing Ceremony will follow on February 19.