Favorites are looking forward to 4-Hills-Tournament

28 December 2013 07:06
Kamil Stoch
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FIS

Less than 24 hours before the start of the qualification for the opening event on the 4-Hills-Tournament in Oberstdorf, some of the favorites where already looking ahead. Kamil Stoch, Gregor Schiierenzauer and three Norwegians were in a good mood at the opening press conference.

Overall World Cup leader Kamil Stoch: "It's a great feeling to be in the center of attention already at the press conference. It's nice to hear that people consider me the favorite. I try to remain cool and focus on my job: Jumping well. I think that the Top 10 of the World Cup are all in a very good shape. Especially Gregor or Anders. The best will win. Of course I can't tell the secret of our strong team, then it wouldn't be a secret anymore. But I'm very happy about how strong our team is. We've been working very hard that more athletes are capable off achieving good results. I enoy being part of this team."

Defending champion Gregor Schlierenzauer: "It's a privilege to be among the favorites. It's a new situation to be the only favorite of Austria, but for me personally it doesn't change much because ski jumping is first and foremost an individual sport. For the sport it's a good thing that also other nations are fighting for the win, there are also many Austrian coaches working abroad."

Anders Bardal, who could not win a competition of the 4-Hills-Tournament yet: "So far this season is going very well. I was achieving good results since the start in Lillehammer. In the 4-Hills-Tournament it's important to continue jumping consistently."

Anders Jacobsen, 4-Hills winner 2007 and runner-up 2012: "Of course that situation is different this year, I was training a lot during the summer. My jumps are good again since Neustadt."

Also Tom Hilde is looking forward to the 4-Hills-Tournament, although the season wasn't really good for him so far: "Of course I would have prefered to come here with better results. But the favorites have a lot more pressure at the 4-Hills. So maybe it's not that bad to not be in the center of attention."

At the end the Norwegians took the chance to have a journalist take a souvenir photo.