Oberstdorf is Kraft’s favorite hill
Kraft was the most consistent jumper in the past six years. In the overall World Cup, he was never worse than sixth, winning the big crystal ball twice. The 1.70 meter tall athlete drew his strength from this experience. In good physical condition, strength is one of the victorious jumpers. After the average Four Hills Tournament with eighth place in the overall ranking, he directed his goal towards the World Championship. When he narrowly missed the podium in Zakopane in mid-February, “I knew that I could jump for medals at the World Cup”.
However, Kraft also benefited from the burdens of its biggest competitors. Halvor Granerud, by far the best jumper this winter, fell out after a corona infection. Ryoyu Kobayashi fell shortly after landing and missed the second round. Kamil Stoch is deep in shape. Markus Eisenbichler made a mistake in the first and fell in the run-out of the second jump. The field of favorites had cleared and Kraft showed a very good competition with jumps on 132.5 and 134 meters.
Kraft is jumping for his fourth world title
Now the World Cup is drawing to a close, but Kraft has another chance to win his fourth title and his twelfth medal at world championships. In the team, Austria suddenly belongs to the gold candidates after a mixed winter. In the wake of strength, Daniel Huber, Jan Hoerl and Philipp Aschenwald jumped to places eight, ten and eleven. It was the best team performance in the “Oberstdorf snowstorm,” as Kraft realized with a grin behind his red face mask.
But the German Ski Association can also hope for a medal, alongside Norway, Poland, Japan and Slovenia. “Anything is possible,” said Kraft. “You can win or even finish fifth.” However, sunshine is announced for Saturday again.
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