INNSBRUCK,AUSTRIA,12.NOV.20 - NORDIC SKIING, SKI JUMPING - OESV, Oesterreichischer Ski Verband, training, men. Image shows Stefan Kraft (AUT). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Patrick Steiner

Let’s go into a “special” season

This coming weekend we will start the World Cup season with the competitions in Wisla and the coming winter will undoubtedly be a “special” or even more unique one. On the one hand, Corona, but on the other hand the special preparation will play a major role too. The preparation actually started perfectly in spring. In terms of training, I for myself got the best out of the first lockdown. I started the summer well and made really cool jumps.

In July and August, my back made problems again and I had stinging pains in the lower back 3 or 4 times over the course of the two month. That means, that everyday things such as tying shoes or getting out of bed or the car were hardly possible.In addition to my back, Corona will of course be a constant companion, we will truly miss the fans and the atmosphere could then be more of a sad one for us jumpers and for the fans.

For the fans, for the sport and also for us, it would simply be important if we had as many competitions as possible. It would be important for everyone if we were able to provide a certain distraction with athletic performance during this time. The Corona time showed us how important sport and exercise are in general for all of us, especially for the kids. I am therefore happy that we can now do our sport again and that we are also out and about as a role model for the kids.

But Corona & Co. or not, it will be a huge season with one highlight after the other. At the moment it feels more like a “surprise bag” as far as my jumps are concerned, but I am a competition type and can hardly wait until it finally starts. It’s going to be a long season with a very busy program – regeneration and recovery times are few and far between. But the coaching team and the physios will make sure that we are taken care of in the best possible way, I have worked out a good plan with Patrick and we will see what comes.

In any case, I am happy when it starts now, thanks for crossing the fingers and we write or read from each other,
Your Krafti.