After several longer interruptions, the competition was finally canceled by the jury. The normal hill competition for women in Tchaikovsky was not even started because of the turbulent conditions. At both venues, the team competitions are to be rescheduled on the Sunday before the last individual competitions of the season.
Germany would not have competed in a possible continuation. Austria left this option open depending on the current circumstances, but this no longer occurred due to the termination. “That was the only right decision, it was just too turbulent,” said Mario Stecher, the sports director of the jumpers in the ÖSV, welcoming the jury’s decision.
Tande crash overshadows Planica
At the start of the season finale on Thursday, Daniel Andre Tande had a serious fall. The Norwegian was put into an artificial coma after a hard impact, and on Saturday the 27-year-old was supposed to be gradually awakened from deep sleep in the Ljubljana hospital. “Tande’s fall is still in everyone’s bones,” said Germany’s head coach Stefan Horngacher, justifying his athletes’ withdrawal from the team competition. An individual competition is scheduled to conclude on Sunday.
Huber: “You don’t have to provoke it”
ÖSV head coach Andreas Widhölzl regretted the cancellation, but also joined the security concerns. “It is a shame that the weather was so unstable. But safety comes first, we are on one of the largest hills in the world. I am very clearly in favor of the safety of the athletes. We have already had a fall at clearly less wind, “said Widhölzl, recalling the Tande accident.
Daniel Huber was of the same opinion. “It’s a shame, but after what has happened these days, you don’t have to provoke it, it was definitely the best decision,” said the Salzburg native. On Sunday (10 a.m. / live ORF 1), an individual competition is scheduled to conclude.