With 25 K. o.-duels and the subsequent second pass will start on Sunday, the 67. the four hills tournament in Oberstdorf. Top-favorite of the Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi, who dominated the world Cup this season so far, and in qualifying on Saturday behind Austrian Stefan Kraft in second place landed.
the hopes of The German Fans rest above all on local hero Karl Geiger, Olympic winner Andreas Wellinger and Richard Freitag. A total of twelve athletes of the German ski Association for the Competition on the schattenberg ski jump on Sunday from 16: 30 (ZDF and Eurosport) .
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The secret favorites of the four-hills-tournament
Karl Geiger and Stephan Leyhe as secret favorites, Andreas Wellinger, as a year-on-year in the second and Richard the Friday as a completely unknown size: With a broad-based Team and several of the trumps to stop the German ski jumpers their barren spell in the four-hills-tournament and for the first German victory since Sven Hannawald in 2001/2002.
“Maybe we can make the next tour even a high-Flyer. The hunger for success is great, but we have learned not to force anything,” said coach Werner Schuster.
for 17 years, the Germans have to wait for Hannawald to a total victory, the last success at one of the four single’s jump also over 1000 days. “We have been able to improve the framework conditions for a successful performance of our athletes in the tour over the last few years,” Schuster said.
He did not according to his own statement, “a couple of Springer in a good Position”, looks at its athletes, but in the role of favourites. For this, he has in addition to Japan’s high-Flyer Ryoyu Kobayashi rather, the Polish Duo Kamil Stoch and Piotr Zyla.
Geiger and Leyhe not jump surprisingly at the top with
A Team with no clear captain and without a number one that there was in the German camp. A lot more the team unity has grown more and more. “In such a Situation, I can’t remember. I was looking forward to creepy five Starters offer really, to take on this leadership role. Karl and Stephan are currently the most stable performance, this is so,” said Hanna of the forest before the tour kick-off in the Allgäu region, this weekend, the German press Agency.
Directly in front of the Four hills event in Oberstdorf, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen, a changing of the guard is in the offing in the German Team. “Andreas Wellinger, Richard Freitag and Severin Freund, who formed in the past, the spearhead of the team, could not continue in the previous course of the season in the usual way,” said Schuster. For Geiger and Leyhe are suddenly there and jump on the front for wins and podiums. To succeed at the tour.
Friday and Freud: worries for the season.
“Rarely has made me ski jumping is so much fun as in the last few months,” said a euphoric-acting Stephan Leyhe, who was the opener in Wisla in November of the same rank two jumped. Teammate Geiger won in Engelberg and then completed a majority of the media work, the far more the Olympic winner Wellinger and a friend made. Years of constant, sudden Topspringer and potential top athletes with the form of fluctuations in: Rare was to be expected before a tour so little, which can be most likely for success.
The unusually long break between the final rehearsal in Engelberg and Start in Oberstdorf, the DSV-Team, used again for a course in the Norwegian city of Lillehammer. And the biggest problem hot this year, in fact, Friday and friend: The 27-year-old Sachse Friday after a fall back to hip problems, the long-time Team-captain of the friend is not tears come to his Comeback after two Cruciate ligament yet again properly in the shot.
Although he had files in Lillehammer on his technique and progress can be achieved, said a friend. “Nevertheless, it may be that the tour for me this year, a Tick too early. This should be the case, I will not let me out of the rest. Finally, I have not fought me two years back, then the first resistance to turn.”
With his teammates Friday, according to new pain yet to be 100 percent sure whether he can ride the tour at all. He was held back last year to number two lying by a fall in Innsbruck and had to bury all dreams of total victory prematurely.