DrThe emotional jump is back. For Marcus Eisenbechler, New Year’s Eve was a wonderful end to the year. Nobody was better than the Bavarian when it came time to take measurements on the great Olympic hill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the New Year’s contest on Saturday (2pm GMT) FAZ Four Hills Championship Live Tape, on ZDF and Eurosport). So Eisenbechler gained new self-confidence by winning the playoffs.
“My second training jump was even better,” said the six-time world champion at the end of a marathon interview on a rather empty hill, where, as in Oberstdorf, no spectators were allowed to participate in this 70th edition of Four Hills. Competition. “But I think I can jump on the ice pretty well.”
What a shortcoming of the German who jumped 137m and this time put himself ahead of teammate Karl Geiger who finished third with a jump of 135.5m. It was installed by two of the best German jumpers: Ryoyu Kobayashi. The winner in Oberstdorf, who fell after 134 meters in qualifying in the Garmisch of Partenkirchen, confirmed his good form.
Eisenbechler didn’t want to overestimate his success before the competition on New Year’s Day. Rather than responding to his now-increasing chances, Eisenbechler said, “I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Karl. For me, the overall ranking is not at the top. It’s important that I get back to Dam. My goal is to live my passion for snowboarding.” Eisenbechler’s passion is aviation. So it was ideal that he would do it on New Year’s Eve on the hill of a particular bird. If it works, it works.
This is also the case with Karl Geiger. He used the day between his first jump in his hometown and qualifying at Garmisch-Partenkirchen to rejuvenate and take his breath away. “It was a good day off for me,” said Jaeger, who went to the interview round after hopping with his friend and Eisenbechler specialist. “Today’s jump was good,” said fifth overall.
Geiger recalled the many courses he and national coach Stefan Horngacher’s team completed here at the Summer’s Olympic Grand Prix. “Up until then I was getting along pretty well here. The challenge in the Tour is to be in top shape for all the competition’s leaps. You can’t allow yourself any weaknesses.”
On the last day of 2021, when Geiger, Eisenbechler & Co. bid goodbye with a jump, things went almost as well. Unlike Oberstdorf, Andreas Willinger survived qualifying with a 47th place finish. Severin Freund, who had been in the lead for so long and only had to make room for a better one after the 28th jump, had no complaints about the suit.
Instead, there was sadness, sadness and depression in the Austria team. Stefan Kraft, the 2021 world champion in Oberstdorf, failed to qualify. 59th place only for the Austrian pioneer. Two days ago in Oberstdorf, former Grand Slam tour winner Camille Stoch was the one who met the same fate. Two tragic accidents.
The Germans introduced a contrast program on New Year’s Eve. Eisenbecher and Geiger are on top – great odds of hopping 100 years of New Year’s Eve on Saturday at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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