Planica: DSV team finishes the season with yet another fifth place / Austrians and Slovenians dominate
Saturday - Individual Jumping
The second last single jump of the season could not be held on Friday as planned due to ongoing bad wind conditions, but was rescheduled to Saturday before the team competition. It had already been decided in advance that there would be only one jump per athlete.
For the DSV jumpers it was a competition to forget, where no athlete made it into the top-15. Best German was Markus Eisenbichler on rank 17, ahead of Andreas Wellinger on rank 20. For Karl Geiger - in the previous week in Lahti on the podium - it was just enough for rank 25.
First place went to Austria's Stefan Kraft, who finished with 239.5 meters (240.5 points) ahead of Slovenia's Anze Lanisek (236 meters & 234.7 points) and Poland's Piotr Zyla (234 meters and 233.3 points). For Norway's Halvor Egner Granerud - the already determined winner of the overall World Cup - his 231 meters (228.4 points) were only enough for fourth place.
Saturday - Team jumping
From the German point of view there was not much to cheer about in the following team competition. Almost all the DSV-jumpers including Felix Hoffmann, Markus Eisenbichler, Karl Geiger and Andreas Wellinger (1415 points) fell short of their own expectations, which is why they were only able to finish fifth again with a gap of more than 200 points to the podium.
As it was the case in Lahti, the victory in Planica once again went to the Austrians. Stefan Kraft, Daniel Tschofenig, Michael Hayböck and Jan Hoerl secured the victory with 1688.7 points and therefore 6.1 points ahead of the Slovenians around Anze Lanisek, Lovro Kos, Domen Prevc and Timi Zajc (1682.6 points). Third place went to Team Norway with Johann Andre Forfang, Benedik Jakobsen Heggli, Robert Johansson and Halvor Egner Granerud (1655.2 points).
Sunday - Individual jumping
For the last competition of the season, where traditionally the top-30 of the overall World Cup are eligible to start, five DSV jumpers had qualified, namely Pius Paschke, Constantin Schmid, Karl Geiger, Markus Eisenbichler and Andreas Wellinger.
That it would not be enough for a German podium finish at the end of the season was apparent after the first round, in which no DSV athlete was able to place among the top 10. In the end it became ranks 27 for Pius Paschke, 23 for Karl Geiger and 22 for Constantin Schmid. Markus Eisenbichler (11th) and Andreas Wellinger (9th) managed two strong jumps with 240.5 meters each in the second round, which made it a more conciliatory end of the season also for national coach Stefan Horngacher. "Especially the last flights of Andi and Markus were really great, that was fun to watch once again," said Horngacher.
First and second place went to Slovenia's Timi Zajc (455.1 points) and Anze Lanisek (455.0 points). In a heartbeat final in front of their home crowd, the two offered each other a thrilling duel, which in the end Zajc won by 0.1 points. Third place went to Stefan Kraft (445.1 points), who thereby ensured victory in the ski flying classification and secured the small crystal globe.
Overall World Cup
Therefore the season ends with Halvor Egner Granerud as the overall winner (2128 points), ahead of Stefan Kraft (1790 points) and Anze Lanisek (1679) points. In ski flying Stefan Kraft triumphed (480 points) ahead of Halvor Egner Granerud (450 points) and Anze Lanisek (314 points).
Congratulations to all ski jumpers and thanks to all athletes, coaches, support staff and fans for the great ski jumping season. We are already looking forward to the new season!
To the final results in the overall World Cup