After two days of domination in Oberstdorf, Halvor Egner Granerud was expelled from the Four Hills Tournament. The Norwegian has often been the favourite, but he is still waiting for the big win.
Halvor Egner Granerud met a ski jumping legend on Friday December 29, 2022. Success in Oberstdorf at the start of the four hills tournament was the 15th World Cup victory of his career, so he now has as many as Kazuyoshi Funaki and s made it into the top 20 of the list of ski jumpers with the most wins. .
Nevertheless, Granerud and Funaki are still far apart. The Norwegian has been considered one of the best for years but he was never able to deliver the best moments of the season. Funaki, on the other hand, excelled when it really mattered. Among other things, the 47-year-old Japanese won two gold medals at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, was a two-time world singles champion and overall winner of the 1997/1998 Four Hills Tournament.
Granerud realizes his first “dream”
Granerud has as many World Cup wins, but none of those successes so far. After all, he was already on the top step of the podium at the 2020 World Championships and won ski flying gold with the team, but he didn’t make the only shot at the Olympics or the World Championships. world and not at a Four Hills. Tournament either. But that could change now.
In Oberstdorf, the 26-year-old dominated the competition remarkably. “I am very satisfied and proud of what I have accomplished here. A dream has come true for meGranerud told Norwegian television after his triumph.
“He just jumps to another level”
Granerud had already clearly won the qualification and was by far the best jumper in the competition. His lead over second Piotr Zyla is already 13.4 points. “It’s crazy. He just jumps to another level“, also acknowledged Karl Geiger, who finished fourth.
Granerud, for whom it was also the first individual victory in a Four Hills Tournament, wants to maintain this level in order to make the ski jumping jump for the history books. And not only its competitors around Geiger trust it to do so. he could”absolutely create“Winning the Four Hills Tournament,” said compatriot Roar Lyokelsoy, who won twice World Championship gold in 2004 and 2006. Granerud would then be the first Norwegian winner of the tournament since Anders Jacobsen in 2006/2007.
The competition continues to hope
Many of its predecessors have already realized that there is still a long way to go. Only twelve of Oberstdorf’s 25 winners were still top of the general classification after the fourth competition in Bischofshofen – but last season Ryoyu Kobayashi, as in 2018/2019, managed a start-to-finish victory. “It’s in full swing To flow“, DSV coach Stefan Horngacher said of Granerud: “But he has now also picked up the big backpack, which he now has to take with him.“
The rivals behind Granerud are hiding – they also know the Norwegian has often blundered at crucial moments in the past. “There are three other stations. I know myself how it is on the circuit: it has its own rules“said Geiger, who is 18.8 points behind Granerud.”If he allows himself to make mistakes, others will be in the starting blocks.“But also at the New Year’s competition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2 p.m., live on the sports broadcast) the favorite is Halvor Egner Granerud.
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