Four Hills Tournament: Halvor Egner Granerud – The Perfect

Status: 06.01.2023 9:30 p.m.

With his victory at the Four Hills Tournament, Halvor Egner Granerud is at the height of his career. It is the culmination of an extraordinary success story.

Many photos will be remembered from the Four Hills Tournament 2022/23. But one thing in particular: After winning the New Year’s competition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Halvor Egner Granerud sat down in the snow in a yoga pose and celebrated his success. He has “found a way to cope with the pressure”, he said meaningfully afterwards.

From kindergarten teacher to winner of the Four Hills Tournament

A few years ago, it was far from foreseeable that Granerud would be at the (temporary) peak of his creative power in January 2023. In 2020, the 26-year-old was still working as a kindergarten teacher in his hometown of Trondheim to earn some extra cash. This was preceded by a sloppy season in which a 23rd-place finish was his best World Cup result. But Granerud drew his conclusions from sporting misery. A spectacular rise followed in the winter of 2020/21. With five consecutive World Cup victories under his belt, he went to the Four Hills Tournament as the big favourite.

But then his nerves let him down. A bad jump in Innsbruck deprived the former leader of all his chances of overall victory. Even though Granerud went on to easily win the World Cup overall, this bitter defeat left its mark. “What happened there was very instructive“, explained his Austrian coach Alexander Stöckl.

Granerud’s nerves hold in Innsbruck

History threatened to repeat itself this year. After his two victories at the start of the tour in Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Granerud again went to Innsbruck as the big favorite. However, when he revealed weaknesses on his first jump over the Bergisel and Dawid Kubacki was able to halve the gap in the overall standings, the situation escalated again.

I am amazed every day how calmly he goes through it all.

Alexander Stoeckl – coach of Halvor Egner Granerud

But Granerud had learned from his mistakes. With his nerves, he made a superb second jump from 133 meters in the snow and maintained his comfortable lead in front of Kubacki – even though he won in Innsbruck. “I’m amazed every day how calm he goes through it all“, praised Stöckl: “Two years ago it was different, he was more stressed and upset about all sorts of things outside of ski jumping.

Coronation in Bischofshofen

At the time, Granerud might have been upset that he missed out on the Grand Slam tournament with wins at all four stages. After all, he would have been only the fourth ski jumper to achieve this feat.

But today’s Granerud swept away all negative thoughts and finally took the crown in the final competition in Bischofshofen. Needless to say, the gifted ski jumper put the best distance in the snow in both runs and thus also eliminated the last doubts about winning the tournament.

Halvor Egner Granerud celebrates the day and the victory after his jump

Raimund: “It’s just beautiful”

For Stöckl, Granerud’s success is nothing less than the reward for hard work. His protege is “a 24/7 athlete who does everything for the sport“, said the Austrian coach. “To show such a performance in the most important competitions of the year is gigantic and extremely nerve-wracking.

His opponents had to see it too. “It’s amazing how it flies. He is doing something good. It’s just wonderful“, said Philipp Raimund, the only ray of hope in a completely disappointing German team.

Granerud wins with a record number of points

And the winner himself? He could hardly believe his luck. “It’s just fantastic to be standing here now“said Granerud, who brought the golden eagle back to Norway for the first time after Anders Jacobsen’s triumph 16 years ago.”Of course, as an athlete, you feel that pressure. To have done this now is fantastic.

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Granerud’s superiority on this tour will be remembered. No winner before him had scored 1,191.2 points in four competitions. With the Nordic World Ski Championships in February and March in Planica, the next highlight is fast approaching. And who knows: maybe Granerud will celebrate success again in a yoga pose. In recent days, he has impressively demonstrated that he can be counted on even after a setback.

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