OBERSTDORF,GERMANY,06.MAR.21 - NORDIC SKIING, SKI JUMPING - FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, team event, large hill, men, award ceremony. Image shows Stefan Kraft (AUT). Keywords: medal. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

THANK YOU Oberstdorf!!

If someone had told me that I would go home with 3 medals after the World Championships, I would have found it very hard to believe. My personal history around my back problems, Corona, etc. has simply not exactly contributed to the fact that I could have expected much.

Now I am standing there with 3 medals and I am just speechless and overjoyed. Gold in the individual, bronze in the mixed team and a silver with my teammates as a “grande finale”. It simply couldn’t have gone better for me. After the 4 hills tournament I focused everything on the World Championships – it’s wonderful that it worked out that way and I’m just happy that my back held up. That was of course the most important component.

Now I’m going home from Oberstdorf with a lot of great memories and I’m looking forward to having a few calmer days there. Oberstdorf was an absolute highlight despite the many difficult omens and the organizer has brought out everything that was possible and we can be happy that we could have this World Champs at all – THANK YOU for that!

After the World Championships is before Planica and it somehow feels like a kind of Christmas present that we are now allowed to ski fly for another five days at the end of the season. I am really looking forward to having this and I will enjoy it to the fullest.

Until then, thank you again for your cool support and your many positive messages and congratulations,

Krafti.

OBERSTDORF,GERMANY,05.MAR.21 - NORDIC SKIING, SKI JUMPING - FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, large hill, men, award ceremony. Image shows Stefan Kraft (AUT). Keywords: medal. Photo: GEPA pictures/ Christian Walgram

WORLD CHAAAAAMPIOOONNN!!!!

I still don’t have the words to describe what happened today in Oberstdorf. With this history, the gold medal is wonderful and quite simply a dream for me. It is unbelievable that it happened like this. In Planica at the Ski Flying World Championships I couldn’t even put on my own socks – I was so far away. The fact that I’m standing there now, that I’m doing so well physically, I have to say THANK YOU to so many people for that. Together with Patrick, I aligned everything for the World Championships, the whole team around my coaches in the team rounded everything off perfectly and I already felt that if my back holds up, I can already be there with the music.

The fact that it worked out that way in this snow battle is insane. Every jump was like a unified whole and I really got into a flow. I was really nervous but it went well. The flow was there somehow and I knew what to do. I told myself that I can’t pull back now – I have to attack fully. There was such an energy inside the jump, it was so fun and it’s simply beautiful and incredible.

A big THANK YOU again to everyone who helped make this possible. Thank you to all you amazing fans out there for keeping your fingers crossed and for all the positive comments and feedback. THANK YOU! Tomorrow it’s on to the team competition with the boys and I’m really looking forward to competing there with the boys.

Thanks for keeping your fingers crossed,

Krafti.