Martin Koch: Giving his all in his last season
For the first time in many years, Martin Koch was not part of the Austrian World Cup team at the season opening this winter. But despite this disappointment the veteran does not loose sight of his goals for this winter, that is a very important one for him.
"I'll start in the Continental Cup, and there I can qualify for the World Cup again. My goals this year are the 4-Hills-Tournament, Sochi and Harrachov. If I work hard, it can still work for me", the 32-year-old said in an interview on sport10.at.
For Martin Koch this winter is not only special because of the many highlights, but also because it will probably be his last season. "I've been in the World Cup for 15 years, I'm a ski jumper since I was six years old. It gets tougher every year. If you are not motivated 100 % and you don't live for the sport 100 %, you won't achieve anything. Even if you give 98 %. I just feel that it's the last season where I can give this 100 %."
The athlete from Villach is more than satisfied with what he achieved so far, but still the motivation is high for the last couple of months of his career. "Actually I achieved more than I ever imagined. I'm Olympic Champion, won World Cups, I am a Holmenkollen winner. Of course I have goals for this year and I still want to achieve a lot, that's why I continued. I don't want to retire and look back someday and tell myself: More would have been possible. I want to say to myself that I gave my all, loved the sport and did everything for it."
For the ski flying expert a medal at the upcoming Ski Flying World Championships in Harrachov in March would of course be a perfect ending of a long career. "This is actually my secret plan. But my plans don't always work out the way I want."