Ski jumping: Everything but snow: Four Hills Tournament without winter feeling
Everything but snow: Four Hills Tournament without winter feeling
15 degrees in Garmisch, continuous rain in Bischofshofen: This year’s Four Hills Tournament of ski jumpers rarely has anything to do with winter. A youngster sees the future on mats.
From the highway in Bischofshofen a single tiny white spot could be spotted: The Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze, which lies high above the town in Pongau and was covered with artificial snow for the ski jumping spectacle.
Otherwise? Everything green, clear plus degrees and still no prospect of snow at the 71. Four Hills Tournament.
The dreary weather sometimes affects the athletes. “It’s very, very sad, no matter at which station. We didn’t have snow anywhere except here at the hill. That’s very sad when you think about the fact that it’s actually a winter sport,” said Youngster Philip Raimund on Thursday after qualifying.
It was really wintry tour not always in the last few years. But this time it’s particularly bad. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, some fans came to the Olympiaschanze in sunshine and around 15 degrees in T-shirts – and that on New Year’s Day. “I’ve really experienced a lot on the tour. Nothing surprises me anymore,” said Germany’s team world champion Karl Geiger about the conditions. A little colder and a little snow would be nice, he added. “But it’s not a request concert.”
22-year-old Raimund is preparing for more world cups on mats, even in winter. “I think it will be our future sooner or later because at some point we won’t have any more snow,” said Raimund. The premiere for this was in Wisla, Poland, in November. Raimund became almost sentimental when he talked about the increasingly mild winters. “It’s bizarre when I think about it: it used to be a white Christmas, now everything has been green for what feels like three years.”