The World Cup season of the ski jumpers ended on Sunday with the final event on the Ski Flying hill in Planica. After a long winter, the athletes showed some spectacular performances on the huge Letalnica-hill, and Karl Geiger celebrated another win.
The Ski Flying World Champion from German jumped on 231 m and 232.5 m and took his ninth World Cup win with a total of 459.3 points.
The second place went to Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan with 242 m and 217 m (452.4 points). Just like Geiger, Kobayashi was on the podium in all the competitions this weekend.
Markus Eisenbichler posted jumps of 231 m and 230 m (447.9 points) despite a knee injury and came in third.
The hosting team of Slovenia narrowly missed the podium on Sunday. Domen Prevc finished fourth, Bor Pavlovcic, who showed the longest jump of the day with 249.5 m, was seventh in this competition. The best Austrian was Daniel Huber in fifth. The two best Norwegians were Johann Andre Forfang and Robert Johansson in eighth and ninth.
Germany wins team competition
Earlier today, right before the individual competition, it was time for the team event, which was originally scheduled for Saturday but had to be postponed due to the strong wind.
In the competition, that was decided in only one round, Germany (Pius Paschke, Constantin Schmid, Markus Eisenbichler, Karl Geiger) took the win ahead of Japan (Naoki Nakamura, Junshiro Kobayashi, Yukiya Sato, Ryoyu Kobayashi) and Austria (Daniel Huber, Markus Schiffner, Stefan Kraft, Michael Hayboeck).
Geiger wins Ski Flying World Cup
With his win today, Karl Geiger, who won the Ski Flying World Championship title in December, now also claimed the Ski Flying World Cup with 260 points. "It was an incredible weekend for me. It's amazing that I could even win the Ski Flying World Cup. I'm extremely happy that I could end the season like that. Now I'm looking forward to a few calmer days at home", the Oberstdorf-native told after the final event of the season.
Ryoyu Kobayashi finished second in this ranking. He also scored 260 points, but the German won more competitions. The third place in the Ski Flying World Cup went to Markus Eisenbichler with 172 points.
Outstanding Halvor Egner Granerud
The best ski jumper of the 2020/21 season was Halvor Egner Granerud, who had already secured the overall World Cup title a couple of weeks ago. The Norwegian took a total of 11 World Cup wins this winter and won the big crystal globe with 1572 points.
"It has been an amazing season for me. I'm glad that the Crystal Globe was already secure before we came here because this weekend was quite tough. First Daniel's crash, and then my jumping was a bit unstable, it was either good or very bad. I couldn't train as much as I wanted to over the past three weeks. Getting the big globe here today and hearing the national anthem was amazing. It was an amazing day", said the 24-year-old.
With 1190 points, Markus Eisenbichler ended the season in second and he was more than satisfied: "This was my best season ever, these results are a huge motivation for me. It was a great fight with Halvor this season and I want to thank him for this. I love this sport and this winter was a lot of fun for me. I want to thank my family and my girlfriend for making it all possible for me. It was a great season and I'm really happy."
Kamil Stoch of Poland, who was struggling with his shape recently after winning the 4-Hills-Tournament earlier this season, ended up third in the overall World Cup with 955 points. "Planica is a special place for me and I always want to fly as far as possible here, but this weekend I couldn't do anything, it was some kind of nightmare for me. It was a tough season for all of us, but if you are on the podium overall you need to be happy and satisfied. I want to thank the entire Polish team for their work and sacrifice", said the Pole.
Norway could also celebrate the overall win in the Nations Cup. The team of head coach Alexander Stoeckl scored a total of 5429 points and won ahead of Poland (4738 points) and Germany (4361 points).