Austria and Norway triumph at the start

2019-11-25 · 17:35

The ski jumping fans have waited a long time for this, on Friday the Ski Jumping World Cup finally started the new season with the qualification in Wisla.

Right at the beginning there was cheering from the German fans. Karl Geiger from Oberstdorf won the qualification with a daily best of 133. 00 m ahead of Killian Peier from Switzerland (125. 5 m) and Daniel Huber from Austria (122. 00 m).

On Saturday the first team competition of the season took place in Wisla, Poland. Here the Austrian team triumphed surprisingly. Philipp Aschenwald, Daniel Huber, Jan Hörl and Stefan Kraft landed on the podium in front of the quartet from Norway (Daniel-André Tande, Thomas Aasen Markeng, Marius Lindvik, Robert Johansson) and the Lokoalmatadoren from Poland (Piotr Zyla, Jakub Wolny, Kamil Stoch, Dawid Kubacki). At halftime, the Polish team were still leading, but the changeable wind conditions made the team under the leadership of the new head coach Michal Dolezal in the second run to difficult. Meanwhile, the Austrians also showed strong performances in the final round and secured the day's victory.

The German team with Richard Freitag, Markus Eisenbichler, Stephan Leyhe and Karl Geiger landed on fifth place clearly behind the podium.

The single competition on Sunday was, similar to the whole weekend, characterized by difficult wind conditions and dragged on into the length. The Germans suffered particularly from the poor wind conditions. Ski flying world champion Markus Eisenbichler landed at only 73,5m and retired 50th in the first run. Only qualifying winner Karl Geiger was able to secure the lead in the first run, but the wind also struck him in the final, so that in the end it was only enough for seventh place. The Austrians also had a bad day. Best Austrian was Jan Hörl on place 12. Surprisingly strong were the Norwegians who returned. After the first run Daniel-Andre Tande and Robin Pedersen, who jumped his personal best, were second and third. Also in the final round both Norwegians presented themselves strongly. The 23-year-old Pedersen ended up in 9th place among the top-10 and Tande secured his first individual victory ahead of the surprisingly strong Slovenian Anze Lanisek. Kamil Stoch was able to improve a lot in the second run and also secured a place on the podium in front of his home crowd with third place.

The competition was overshadowed by a serious fall of the Polish rider Piotr Zyla, who lost his balance in the run and fell on his skis. In the meantime, however, the all-clear had been sounded.

Next weekend the ski jumping circus will move on to Ruka in Finland, where winter conditions are already waiting for the jumpers.

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