Gregor Schlierenzauer: “Raw Air is the best training that I can get.”

Author: Reka Hodgyai, Published:

Gregor Schlierenzauer is one of the most successful ski jumpers this sport has ever had, with 53 World Cup wins, Olympic medals, double Four Hills Tournament victory and many more. 

Gregor Schlierenzauer made his comeback after his knee injury during the 2016/2017 winter season. A film named Weitergehen, that presents his rehabilitation, was released at the end of 2017. Gregor prepresented his country at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in February, finishing on the 22nd place in the individual competition and 4th with the Austrian team.

On Friday he finished on the 13th place  in the first qualification of the Raw Air Tournament, at the Holmenkollen. Gregor landed on the 125 m line and collected three times 18 points from the jury. talked a bit with him after the qualification in Oslo:

How do you feel after the Olympics are over and Raw Air has just started?

The Olympic Games were not as good as we, the whole team and I, has expected. I tried everything at the training sessions before the Games, but ski jumping is really sensitive and when something doesn’t work or things don’t fit together really well you cannot be on the top. Now, I am looking forward to the Raw Air Tournament, because I think it is the best training that I can get. To jump almost every day on a different hill is a good way of improving my technique.

Which is your favourite hill of these four?

I really like Trondheim, but I think the queen is the Holmenkollen. When you ur op in the tower and you see the view, then you realise that you have one of the best offices in the world. It is a really motivating place.

Our correspondent from Oslo, Reka Hodgyai