Disappointed faces at the German ski jumpers to the Olympic Start: The DSV Quartet has clearly missed the hoped-for medal with her first competition in the winter games in China. One day after silver for Katharina Alghaus, main hopes of Karl Geiger on the normal hill in Zhangjiakou only occupied the 15th place. The Oberstdorfer leads in the overall World Cup and had traveled as one of the top favorites.

“Today I set everything to a card, risky,” Geiger said in ZDF. At the World Cup in Oberstdorf, he succeeded in the last year. “It’s just like that, but I can not accuse me. I put everything in the scales, which I have on it.” What it was right, he does not know, “I just hope that the big one lies better.”


As the best German Constantin Schmid landed on Sunday rank eleven. Gold won the Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi in front of Manuel Fettner from Austria. Bronze secured the pole Dawid Kubacki. Kobayashi follows as a champion on Andreas Wellinger, who had triumphed in Pyeongchang four years ago and was not nominated this time.

For Markus Ironbichler it ran even worse than for his buddy violinist. The Bayer, who has already won six World Cup gold medals in his career, left as the 31st after the first pass. Stephan Leyhe jumped on the 24th place.

“Of course it stinks a bit. I can not change it now,” said Ironbichler, who had jumped 92 meters wide, in ZDF. “In the past, I would have liked the skis probably away. Meanwhile, I think that’s just a competition.” He supplemented: “At Olympia and World Cup, I always think: either you make a medal or it does not matter if you are fourth, eighth or 25th.”

Pech with the conditions

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In large cold and sparingly occupied ranks, the top jumpers, including violinists and iron estates, had in the first round pitch with the conditions. Not only the Germans, but other medal candidates did not cope well. Also for Halvor Egner Granerud and Marius Lindvik from Norway, the medal dreams ended after a jump. In the second attempt they could not save much, Granerud was then even disqualified.

“You’re going to Olympia and want to win medals, in the best case the Golden. With the ambition we go,” National coach Stefan Horngacher had said before the start of the rings spectacle.

Geiger had so far been constantly shown this season. But with the new Olympic hill, the family father was not caught from the beginning. A training jump after another caused the same result in the past few days: disappointed violinist left the spout. The balanced and known as a meticulous worker actually applies as a Springer, which can be well adapted to new conditions. That did not succeed in the Chinese mountains. He landed after 96 and 99 meters.

The good for the German Springer: Already on this Monday you have the chance to make it better. The mixed with two men and two women from 12.45 pm (ZDF and Eurosport) offers the next possibility for precious metal at its Olympic premiere. World Championships Germany has recently won this competition four times in series.