BEIJING,CHINA,15.FEB.22 - OLYMPICS - Winter Olympic Games Beijing 2022. Image shows Daniel Huber, Jan Hoerl, Stefan Kraft and Manuel Fettner (AUT). Photo: GEPA pictures/ OEOC - ATTENTION - FREE OF CHARGE FOR EDITORIAL USE

Olympic Champion!

I am back from Beijing since this week and I can tell you that it was really cool. Winning the gold medal in the last competition was the fulfillment of a childhood dream and therefore very special for me! But first things first. :)

In the weeks leading up to the Olympic Games, I worked hard and planned with my individual coach Patrick exactly how we would spend the days leading up to the Games to get back within striking distance to the top. After a few good jumps, my confidence grew again and I was looking forward to the adventure Olympic Games.

It was also a bit of an up and down emotionally. The hill in China is really cool and I could get used to it from the beginning. In the trainings it went quite well and partly also quite far – my shape showed upwards in any case. In the two individual competitions I was within striking distance to the top with the places 10 and 13, but unfortunately I couldn’t show my very best jumps. The mixed event was a bit bitter for the whole team, but in ski jumping it is often about nuances, where you have to move at the limit to be in the front – this time we were unfortunately not lucky.

After the first three competitions the focus was already on the team competition, which was always very good for me. I was really looking forward to the team competition and knew that there was a chance to take something home.

The fact that everything then really came together and we were able to win gold is of course wonderful!  My first thoughts were, “Did this really happen now? We really are Olympic champions!” I just felt an incredible gratitude to be able to experience this moment together. A team medal, especially in gold, is more emotional for me than an individual success. Everyone is simply even more delighted and the whole team is in a celebratory mood and extremely happy! The victory celebration was in accordance with that. We sang, the mood was simply overwhelming and we celebrated the gold properly 😉

Then, of course, it was very nice to come home again and I’m enjoying that now. I get to hold all my loved ones in my arms again and hug them tightly. They all had to cut back a bit in the weeks before the Olympics and had a lot to carry, because I really reduced my contacts to a minimum in order to not take any risks. And I was also happy about a Schnitzel from home. :)

But there’s not much time to celebrate, because the season continues soon. The rest of the World Cup schedule is still very tight and we will be on the road again for three weeks in a row. And then there is the ski flying at the end of the season. I hope I can keep my shape and show some long flights. Maybe we can also have a say at the skiflying world championships.

See you soon,

Krafti :)