The German jumpers are back. In the first competition after the frustrating Four Hills Tournament, DSV-Adler took the podium in the team competition in Zakopane.
Third place felt a bit like a win for Markus Eisenbichler, Philipp Raimund, Karl Geiger and Andreas Wellinger. In the team competition, DSV jumpers only had to give way to Austria and Poland on Saturday (01/14/2023). The jump on the winner’s podium could be a box opener for the next individual events and the World Nordic Skiing Championships. “We won third place today, but we also dropped a few things“, said national coach Stefan Horngacher, who was especially happy to have been able to catch up to the top:”The boys did well.”
The laughter is back
After the tour, people paid more attention to ski jumping technique, Horngacher said, in order to follow directly: “We are not yet where we want to be.“However, the good mood in the German team is back.”The mood is good again“said Eisenbichler, who as the starting jumper laid the foundation for the team’s strong performance, especially with his second-round jump to 140 meters.
Decision to the centimeter between Austria and Poland
The Austrians screwed up the Polish ski jumping festival and won at the “Wielka KrokiewIn the end, Austria and Poland were only a point or half a meter apart. Germany was already in third place at halftime, because the four jumpers were even able to improve, the place on the podium was never in danger. the deficit melted and in the end, after eight jumps, they were only 7.1 points behind the Austrian winner.
Starting jumper Eisenbichler knocks you out
Markus Eisenbichler, who received the national coach’s confidence despite fluctuating performances, repaid with two peak distances. With 131 meters in the first round, he laid the foundations as a starting jumper and moved on par with Slovenia (Lovro Kos) and Norway (Marius Lindvik). The Polish Kamil Stoch (134 meters) and the Austrian Daniel Tschofenig (137 meters) were a little ahead. In the second round, Eisenbichler did better: he was the first jumper to clear the 140-meter barrier and kept the DSV quartet on course for third place. Austria took the lead as Stoch landed after 128 yards.
Raimund at the premiere of the team without wobblers
As in the Four Hills Tournament, newcomer Philipp Raimund proved to be a fluke in second place. The youngster jumped for the first time in a team competition and pushed DSV-Adler to third place with 127.5 meters. He won against Peter Prevc (Slovenia) and Norwegian Kristoffer Eriksen Sundal. In round two, Prevc and Sundal were strong, but Raimund replied with 131.5 yards. Germany maintain their lead of 11.8 points over Slovenia. Norway was already behind with 33 points.
Geiger – finally the old man again
In his group, Karl Geiger had to compose with Timi Zajc (Slovenia), Johann André Forfang (Norway), Pawel Wasek (Poland) and Manuel Fettner (Austria). With a leap to 136 meters he takes meters away from all his competitors, the lead over the Austrians, then in the lead, melts to 8.8 points. Poland’s cushion even shrunk to 1.2 points as faltering contender Wasek lost 15 yards. In the second round, Geiger went further and was not shocked by the maximum distances of his competitors. With 138 yards he consolidated third place – and gave Wellinger a good buffer in fourth place (about 25 points).
Wellinger defends third place
Final jumper Andreas Wellinger, who performed well in qualifying and practice, made a mistake on the first jump. With 125.5 meters, he opened the door to competition from Norway (Halvor Egner Granerud) and Slovenia (Anze Lanisek). The pair kept jumping, but couldn’t get past the German. The gap with the leaders was also limited, as the Austrian Stefan Kraft (130 meters) did not have a great day either. Thanks to Dawid Kubacki, Poland entered the final as the half-time leader. In the second run, the lead was so big that Wellinger was able to sail relaxed and defended third place with 131.5 meters. Nothing advanced as Kubacki and Kraft showed no weakness.
Spectator role for Leyhe and Schmid
Horngacher was spoiled for choice when it came to composition. He did without Stephan Leyhe and Constantin Schmid. Pius Paschke is not at the start in Zakopane. The veteran had to vacate his place in the World Cup squad after disappointing performances at the Four Hills Tournament.
On Sunday there will be an individual crazy ski jumping Zakopane competition. In qualifying, Andreas Wellinger was particularly impressive. The winner of the qualifications was the Austrian Daniel Tschofenig, who showed in the team competition on Saturday that his jump was not a flash in the pan. DSV head coach Horngacher on goals: “A place on the podium would be great. If we have two or three jumpers in the top ten, I will be very happy with the weekend.”
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