The Bavarian crowned himself the new title holder in Innsbruck at the Nordic World Ski Championships. Karl Geiger won the silver medal. Such a double success has never been.

Sensation on the Bergisel: Markus Eisenbichler and Karl Geiger have ensured a German double success in the World Cup jumping from the large hill in Innsbruck. Eisenbichler jumped 131.5 and 135.5 meters and thus celebrated the first World Cup individual triumph in his career. Geiger improved with 130.5 meters in the second round still in second place, after he was fourth with 131 meters in the first attempt. World championship bronze went to the leading Swiss after the first round Killian Peier.
National coach Werner Schuster was more than satisfied with the success of his protégés in the ARD: “Both have shown in the qualification with the places one and two, that they can cope here.” Eisenbichler was happy about his success: “I’m overjoyed, I feel so much adrenaline, I’m just shaking.”

German ski jumpers continue success series

The German ski jumpers have thus continued their successful series of past major events. Also in the title fights in Falun 2015 and Lahti 2017, there had been at least one medal for the DSV Eagle in each individual. One year ago, Andreas Wellinger flew to Olympic gold and silver in the Pyeongchang games before the DSV team also took silver for the young Ruhpolding silver.
In the big final spurt under coach Schuster, who is leaving the team at the end of March after eleven years as head coach at the German Skiing Association, a sense of achievement has been achieved right at the start of the World Championships in Tyrol. Schuster had counted after changing performances in the World Cup especially on medals in the team and stressed for the individual competitions, the large power density in the world class.
Schuster was even more pleased that the first medal was now at the legendary Bergisel in Innsbruck. Again and again, dreams of the overall victory in the Four Hills Tournament had burst on this hill in recent years. Richard Freitag and Severin Freund crashed – and only this year Eisenbichler lost the decisive meters in the third of four competitions. 

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