The world champion of the large hill, Markus Eisenbichler, was awarded the title of "Ski Athlete of the Year" by the other athletes of the DSV (Deutscher Skiverband: German Ski Association) as part of this years DSV athlete's clothing.
World champion of the large hill, gold in the team and mixed team, 2nd place at the Four Hills Tournament and the 1st World Cup victory in Planica. For Markus Eisenbichler the past season could hardly have been more successful. Now he was honored by the active athletes of the German Ski Association as "Ski Athlete of the Year".
The 28-year-old was delighted, but also made clear that he focused on training for the upcoming season. "I just try to do what I like doing the most," Eisenbichler explains. After the successful last season, he has no particularly high expectations for the coming winter: "I am just happy that things are going so well and that I realize that I still have potential in my body. I just want to do skijumping as good as I can and do my best" explains the Bavarian.
At the first ski flying of the season in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria, Piotr Zyla and Stefan Kraft can secure the victories. Karl Geiger missed as the best German on both days only narrowly the podium.
With two great jumps Stephan Leyhe secured his first World Cup victory in front of his home audience in Willingen on Saturday. Marius Lindvik and Kamil Stoch are also convincing and finish second and third.
The ski jumping weekend in Sapporo (Japan) had a lot to offer. The first World Cup jumping competition on Saturday was won by Yukiya Sato and on Sunday Stefan Kraft could not be passed. Of the German athletes, Stephan Leyhe, with the longest jump of the whole competition, could call up his best performance and secured the 2nd place on Sunday.