Wisla (dpa) – Markus Eisenbichler screamed gleefully into the camera and then applauded himself euphorically with his teammate Karl Geiger.
With first and second place and a top-level ski jumping competition, winner Eisenbichler and second violinist ensured a perfect start to the XXL winter. “Yeah,” “Eisei” shouted with closed fists after the season opener in Poland, then said incredulously: “I didn’t expect that. I’m really happy to celebrate the second victory of my career in World Cup. “
Due to the success, the Bavarian won the yellow jersey of the leader of the general. “I’m as happy with the yellow jersey as I am with Christmas,” said Eisenbichler. “Hot!”
Eisenbichler was still in third place after the first round. The man from Siegsdorf celebrated his formidable jump from 137.5 meters with his fingers reaching upwards – he knew it: something is happening today! “It was awesome,” Eisenbichler called into the camera, and in the second jump he followed up with a line from 134 meters. “We knew it would be windy. You really have to go and I did it, ”he said of his offensive jumping style. It paid off.
After the first round, Geiger was right behind his roommate in fourth place. “I got to the top pretty well, then the flight came in and then I enjoyed it,” he commented on his jump to 133.5 meters with a technically demanding telemark landing, which the Oberstdorf-based man followed at 128 meters in the second attempt. “I think it’s mega, I’m really happy,” Geiger said. “It just confirms that we did a good job in the summer and that winter can begin.”
In a mentally demanding sport, where knowing your own strength and a positive run mean a lot, the great start can be worth gold for both buddies – especially this winter. The season is filled with highlights with the Ski Flying World Championships, the Four Hills Tournament and the Nordic Home World Championships in Oberstdorf.
In front of the empty stands because of the crown, but with some crazy ski jumping fans in the forest next to the ski jumping, who applauded the jumpers with Polish flags and protective masks, Pius Paschke was the third best German in twelfth place. Martin Hamann landed in 18th place. After his jump on the second round to 138.5 meters, he fell down after landing, but soon after he was ready for the interview again in a good mood. Severin Freund came in 25th place.
Long-injured Olympic champion Andreas Wellinger retired from his first World Cup start in 609 days after the first round. “I was nervous – a lot more than I think I was,” he later admitted. For the 25 year old joyful nature, the following applies: “Keep on fighting!” Constantin Schmid also missed the points in changing wind conditions, as did Austrian World Cup winner Stefan Kraft surprisingly.
On Saturday the DSV quartet Eisenbichler, Geiger, Paschke and Schmid jumped to second place in the team competition and thus received a positive first assessment after a summer without international comparisons. With the confidence of the dream start, Eisenbichler, Geiger and their colleagues will take a charter flight to the next World Cup station next weekend in Ruka, Finland after a short break.