World Cup weekend in Willingen
Friday - Mixed Team
The first Mixed Team competition of the season - the final rehearsal for Olympics goes to...Slovenia!!! The strong team consisting of Ema Klinec, Cene Prevc, Ursa Bogataj and Anze Lanisek showed themselves in excellent shape. Just in time for the Olympic Games they travel to Beijing as favorites. They relegated the Norwegians and Austrians to second and third place. Katharina Althaus, Markus Eisenbichler, Juliane Seyfarth and Karl Geiger jumped to fourth place on the Große Mühlenkopfschanze as a team. "I already noticed that the jump was not quite optimal," said Geiger.
Saturday - Individual competition
Strong gusts of wind forced the judges to stop the competition after the first round on Saturday. It became too dangerous. Once again Japan's Ryoyu Kobayashi prevailed ahead of the Norwegian duo Halvor Egner Granerud and Marius Lindvik. Surprisingly the best German was Severin Freund, who defied the wind and delivered a very strong jump. Favorite Karl Geiger failed in the changing conditions and jumped disappointingly to 19th place.
Sunday - Individual competition
New day - new conditions. The wind of the previous day had fortunately died down and made a far fair competition day possible. Marius Lindvik prevailed ahead of DSV eagle Karl Geiger and Cene Prevc. Kobayashi, who was still on rank 12 after the first round, managed a sensational jump on 152 meters in the final round, which brought him fourth place in the end. Despite the best distance of the day, the Japanese had to hand over the yellow jersey to Karl Geiger, who will now travel to the Olympic Games in Beijing as the overall World Cup leader.