Karl Geiger had a very successful weekend in Planica as he won not only the indivudal competition, but also the Planica7-Standings and the Overall Ski Flying World Cup. Halvor Egner Granerud finally got to lay his hands on the Cristal Globe of the Ski Jumping Season 2020/21.
Jumps on 231m and 232.5m secured the victory for Karl Geiger (459.3p.). Ryoyu Kobayashi missed the first place by 6.9 points, jumping 242m and 217m (452.4p.). Markus Eisenbichler managed to achieve the third place despite having an injury in his knee. The German jumped 221m and 230m (447.9p.).
Domen Prevc once again missed the podium as his jumps on 233m in both rounds were not enough (442.5p.). Daniel Huber completed the TOP5 with jumps on 237m and 226m (438.2p.).
The Slovenians were not able to perform their best jumps in the team-event, but had a strong result in the individual competition. Bor Pavlovcic (249.5m & 218m; 430.1p.) came in seventh, while Ziga Jelar (234.5m & 220m; 417.9p.) and Anze Lanisek (224m & 223.5m; 414.6p.) finished 11th and 14th.
Germany’s Pius Paschke missed the TOP10 after jumping 230m and 225.5m (421.1p.), coming in eleventh. Yukiya Sato however manifested another result in the TOP10 as he finished sixth (233m & 229m; 435.1p.). Michael Hayböck could not maintain his chances of being on the podium and became 10th instead (245m & 224m; 425.8p.).
Granerud and Norway soar to the top
Norway finished the season’s last competitions not on the level is usually shows. Johann André Forfang (231m & 234.5m; 428.2p.) and Robert Johansson (232.5m & 222m; 426.7p.) were the best Norwegians on place eight and nine. Halvor Egner Granerud, who was later to get the Big Crystal Globe, became 16th (239m & 204m; 401.1p.). Their thoughts however were mostly with their team-mate Daniel-André Tande, who is in the process of being woken up from the induced coma after his dreadful crash on Thursday.
Nevertheless, Alexander Stöckl’s team proved its strength throughout the season and won the Nations Cup scoring 5429 points ahead of Poland (4738p.). Stöckl had another reason to be happy as Halvor Egner Granerud received the Big Crystal Globe for winning the Ski Jumping World Cup 2020/21. He celebrated eleven WC victories and scored 1572 points, thus coming in with a large margin ahead of Markus Eisenbichler (1190p.) and Kamil Stoch (955p.).
Karl Geiger wins the Ski Flying World Cup
Stöckl’s coach-colleague Stefan Horngacher also celerated his athlete Karl Geiger, who won the Planica7-Tournament ahead of Ryoyu Kobayashi. Moreover, Geiger was presented the Crystal Globe of the Ski Flying World Cup, in which he collected 260 points. Ryoyu Kobayashi was ex aequo with Geiger, but had less individual victories in the season, which is why he came in second. Markus Eisenbichler reached the third place (172p.).
Another man for whom an extra ceremony was arranged was Sepp Gratzer. He had been head of the Equipment Control for 30 years and decided to retire after this season. Throughout the years he had never missed a single competition, but disqualified 2000 athletes.
An overwhelmed Granerud stated after his massive achievement:
“It was an unbelievable season for me. I am glad that I had already won the Overall World Cup before we came here, this weekend was not easy. First it was Daniel’s crash and then it was my jumps that were not stable. It was either good or really bad, and in the last three weeks I had not been able to train as much as I wanted to. Getting the Big Crystal Globe here and hearing the National Anthem was great. It was a nice day for me.”berkutschi.com
Geiger was also happy after the last events took place:
“I had a superb weekend with great flights. That I also won the Crystal Globe and the team-events really was a dream come true.”sportschau.de
His team-mate Eisenbichler was overjoyed, too:
“I did a good jump and I am happy about the whole season. It was a very strong season, I achieved four medals, became second in the Overall Ski Jumping and third in the Overall Ski Flying World Cup. I am perfectly satisfied.”sportschau.de
Kamil Stoch managed to smile after a tough season:
“Planica is a special place to me and I always want to fly as far as possible. This weekend though, I was powerless, it was a nightmare. It was a hard season for all of us, but when you are standing on the podium for the Overall World Cup at the end of it, you should be satisfied and happy.”berkutschi.com