Karl Geiger won the last ski jumping competition of the season. The Oberstdorfer prevailed in the ski flying in Planica on Sunday ahead of the Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi and teammate Markus Eisenbichler. Geiger flew 231 and 232.5 meters in Slovenia on Sunday.
Shortly before the individual competition, the German jumpers had won a team competition in the ski flying World Cup for the first time in 21 years. Geiger, Eisenbichler, Pius Paschke and Constantin Schmid prevailed on Sunday morning with 819.5 points ahead of Japan (810.0) and Austria (788.9). Above all, Eisenbichler and flight world champion Geiger, who flew 220.5 meters, once again demonstrated their class on the huge facility in Slovenia.
Eisenbichler even landed at 235.5 meters, but was not overjoyed. After landing, the 29-year-old, his face contorted with pain, grabbed his already damaged knee and hobbled out of the run. Shortly afterwards he gave the all-clear: “I noticed the stitch in my knee, but after the first five to ten minutes of movement I noticed that it was the same as before. It doesn’t prevent me from jumping, ”said Eisenbichler. Schmid (212.0 meters) and Paschke (218.0) showed solid jumps.
The team competition was completed in just one round. It was actually supposed to take place on Saturday, but had to be canceled during the first round due to strong winds. “I just want to have fun again,” said Geiger before the individual after winning with the team.
Meanwhile, Daniel André Tande was slowly brought out of the artificial coma after his serious fall on Thursday. The wake-up process started on Saturday, but it is a time-consuming process, said the Norwegian Ski Association on Sunday morning. The 27-year-old will continue to be treated in the university hospital in Ljubljana, Norway’s sports director Clas Brede Braathen was with him while he woke up.
“The situation with Daniel is stable”, explained the team doctor of the Norwegian ski jumper, Guri Ranum Ekås. Follow-up examinations were made to ensure the best possible recovery process from the coma. “There is no drama associated with the process,” the doctor from the ski association was quoted as saying.
Tande hit the slope violently in the trial run during ski flying in Planica on Thursday. So far, he has been diagnosed with a broken collarbone and a slight puncture of the lungs. He was placed in an artificial coma in the hospital in the Slovenian capital. Norway’s national coach Alexander Stöckl had said that it is currently assumed that he will not suffer any long-term damage.