News : Ski jumping: German team flies to World Cup gold – sport
Led by Karl Geiger, the German ski jumpers surprisingly won gold in the team competition at the end of the World Championships in Oberstdorf. The now four-time medal winner Geiger, Markus Eisenbichler, Severin Freund and Pius Paschke won after a two-hour thriller with 1046.6 points, just ahead of Austria (1035.5) and Poland (1031.2).
“My pulse is high. It was an amazing final. I’m really proud of my boys,” said national coach Stefan Horngacher. For the fourth time after 1999, 2001 and 2019 the title went to Germany. Geiger led the DSV-Adler as the final jumper from second place to the very front.
For the local hero, who had already won gold in mixed, silver from the small hill and bronze from the large hill, it was the fourth medal at the fourth start. For the first time since 2001 in Lahti, the German ski jumpers stood on the podium in every World Cup competition.
A thriller develops in the second round
Eisenbichler also had special reason to celebrate. For Bayern it was the sixth world title of his career, only the Austrians Thomas Morgenstern (8) and Wolfgang Loitzl (7) have collected more gold medals. Top favorite Norway had nothing to do with the decision from the start without Halvor Egner Granerud, who tested positive for Corona and only ended up in sixth place. Slovenia with the three Prevc brothers Cene, Peter and Domen as well as Anze Lanisek finished fifth behind Japan.
“Everything is possible from first to sixth place,” Horngacher said shortly before the competition. The start gave us courage: Paschke (Kiefersfelden) jumped a strong 136.5 meters and kept the DSV quartet in fourth place within striking distance of the top. Seasoned Freund (Rastbüchl / 127.5), Eisenbichler (Siegsdorf / 135.0) and Geiger (Oberstdorf / 133.5) each made up one place and put the defending champion just ahead of Austria at halftime.
In the second round, a thriller developed: After the jumps by Paschke (132.0) and Freund (123.0), Germany fell back to fourth place. Eisenbichler brought his team back to second position with a dream flight of 138.5 meters before Geiger secured the gold medal with 136.0 meters.