Until you realize it, it’s already over again. The 4 hills tournament 2018/19 is history, and will be in ski jumpings’ history books forever because Ryoyu Kobayashi achieved what not many in our Sport did – winning all 4 competitions during one 4 hills tournament is unbelievable. Many congratulations Ryoyu, these are great moments for our sport.
I was really looking forward to the tournament. I improved my jumps week per week and got more consistent and secure. I felt ready for one highlight of the season. Travelling to Oberstdorf at the end of December is automatically paired with goose bumps and you know that the 4 hills tournament is just around the corner.
The 67th edition couldn’t start much better for me: I had a great feeling from the beginning on, won the Quali and the day after I celebrated a 3rd place in Oberstdorf. After Oberstdorf, Garmisch is on the schedule – not my favourite hill. And after this year we won’t have a romance for a while – the second run I was just spectator – it felt horrible to just watch.
Totally different scenes in Innsbruck: At good conditions I could celebrate a 2nd place behind an unbelievably strong Ryoyu – already my second time on the 4 hills tournament podium.
In Bischofshofen on my “home hill” I wanted to show my fans great jumps – and it worked out perfectly. 134 and 131,5 meters secured a 3rd place for me which I was really happy with.
Summarizing my 4 hills tournament is quite easy: 3 out of 4 competitions were really cool and it also felt good jumping there. Just Garmisch was (again) not my best performance. Maybe they change the system the next years, and we are allowed to “delete” one result during the tournament… 😉
The atmosphere was once again amazing, that one of the reasons why I wanted to become a ski jumper. To all who contributed, thank you and see you next year.