Salzburg’s Sportsman of the Year for the 4th time! :)

Hello everyone,

after the really tremendous end of the season, I took some time at home to just let off steam and really enjoy the snow again. Ski tours and skiing were on the agenda, and of course the Kaiserschammn at the hut was never missing 😉

Especially the ski day with the JumpandReach family in the Hochzillertal ski area was another great experience. Finally this year it was possible to ski together in a big group and to sit together in the hut and catch up. I was really happy to see everyone again!

A few days later, the “Leonidas Gala” was on the agenda, which could also take place on site again, which was really cool. “Suit up” and off we went into the nice evening :) And then came the absolute highlight: I was again chosen as Salzburg’s sportsman of the year – what an honour! I am unbelievably happy that my achievements are being honoured in this way, even though there are many successful Salzburg athletes! It’s hard to believe that this is already my 4th golden lion, I could almost open a zoo 😀 One thing is for sure, this one will also get a place of honour.

Now I’m off on holiday soon, I’m already looking forward to it!

All the best and see you soon

PLANICA,SLOVENIA,26.MAR.22 - NORDIC SKIING, SKI JUMPING, SKI FLYING - FIS World Cup, team event. Image shows the rejoicing of Stefan Kraft (AUT). Photo: GEPA pictures/ Matic Klansek

A crazy season is over!

What kind of season has this been for me? I don’t even know where to start. I’ve had ups and downs over the last few months, but in the end a lot of things have worked out and I can look back on some really cool experiences and a great season. And now I would like to review this with you. :)

Especially the first half of the season was an up and down of emotions for me. In the summer I had to fight with minor injuries and then I failed in the very first qualification of the winter. A little later, however, the first team victory and my first individual victory of the season followed, which was really cool. Unfortunately, I had my worst and most inconsistent phase during the 4 Hills, so my little World Cup break afterwards was very good for me. And then I won team gold with the boys at the Olympics in February, that really made up for everything. It was a really cool moment that I still remember very clearly!

After the gold medal, however, a lot changed for the better, I regained my form and things actually went steadily uphill. Directly after the Games, it continued just as brilliantly in Lahti with the next individual and team victory! After that, the Raw Air Tour was on the agenda in Norway. In Lillehammer I managed another victory and in Oslo I was able to jump on the podium in the individual and with the mixed team and was then able to cheer about my second Raw Air victory – a huge success!

Then I went ski flying – three weekends in a row, an absolute dream for me. The first highlight was the Ski Flying World Championships in Vikersund. Ski flying always makes my heart beat faster and on my world record hill even more! Even if my risk in the last flight was not rewarded, I am still very happy about the long flights and the bronze medal. However, it is a pity that it was not enough with the team… With some cool flights and podium places, perfect weather and a great atmosphere the last two weekends in Oberstdorf and Planica were a perfect end of the season and the third place in the Ski Flying World Cup rounded everything off perfectly. It was just so cool to put on a show on the biggest hills in the world and to collect some kilometers in the air 😉

After the first half of the season, this was really not to be expected, but it was once again – despite all the difficult phases – an incredibly successful season for me! All the training were absolutely worth it and I’m really grateful that I was able to experience it all. I was also really happy to finally jump in front of so many spectators again and to be able to soak up the cool atmosphere at the competitions.

In this sense I would like to thank again all my supporters and I am really looking forward to spring and summer. In the next few days, I go skiing,  the Leonidas Gala is on my plan, and then it’s vacation time!

All the best and I’m sure we’ll read again soon! 😉

Krafti :)