Top 3 of the GP already focusing on winter
The final of the FIS Grand Prix 2018 became a victim of the winds on Wednesday in Klingenthal (GER). After various delays the jury had to decide to cancel the final competition of this summer season. But the fight for the overall title was already decided before. Evgeniy Klimov crowned himself the overall champion and is the first Russian to ever win this title.
"This overall victory is very important for me, for the whole team and for Russian Ski Jumping in general. It gives us all a lot of additional motivation", said the 24-year-old former Nordic Combined skier. Evgeniy Klimov showed extremely consistent performances throughout the summer. In the eight individual competitions he took part in, a fifth place was his worst result, he was on the podium six times and took his first win in Courchevel (FRA). Now it's about confirming these results in the upcoming winter. "I will keep working hard to also be successful in the winter season", said the Russian.
Karl Geiger, who won both competitions in Rasnov (ROU) can also be more than satisfied with this summer, even though he didn't get the chance to prove his very good shape in front of the home crowd in Klingenthal. "This is sensational, I didn't expect that I would be second overall in the Grand Prix because the preparation for the summer didn't go as planned for me. Unfortunately, the weather was not good today, this is something we can't control, but we have to make sure that it's safe for the athletes", said the Oberstdorf-native, who mainly wants to work on his technique before the start of the World Cup season.
The best team of the FIS Grand Prix 2018 is the one from Poland. Five athletes of head coach Stefan Horngacher finished in the Top 11 of the overall ranking, the best jump in this strong team was Piotr Zyla, who came in third behind Klimov and Geiger and close ahead of his teammate Kamil Stoch. "It's really nice to be on the podium in the overall ranking, but there' still a lot of work to do", the 31-year-old from Wisla said in Klingenthal. Like all the others, he is now already looking ahead towards winter and especially towards the World Championships in Seefeld late-February. "We want to work together as a team in order to get the best possible results in winter. The team event at the World Championships and the individual competitions are very important for us and we will work hard for both."