What a start into the World Cup winter. DSV-Adler Karl Geiger won the opening competition in Nizhny Tagil (Russia). Another German disappointed, however.
Ski jumper Karl Geiger won the opening competition in Nizhny Tagil, Russia, and immediately won the overall leader’s yellow jersey. The 28-year-old from Oberstdorf jumped 134.5 and 133 meters on Saturday, clearly ahead of the Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi (128 and 131 meters) and the Norwegian Halvor Egner Granerud (133 and 125 meters). For Geiger it is a dream start into the new season, which includes the Olympics and the Ski Flying World Championships.
Team world champion Markus Eisenbichler (6th), returnees Stephan Leyhe (14th), Constantin Schmid (22nd) and Pius Paschke (26th) also scored World Cup points at the beginning. Andreas Wellinger narrowly missed the second round of the 30 best jumpers as 31st. The 2018 Olympic champion was still satisfied. “It was definitely the best jump here. I’m very happy and was able to implement what I set out to do,” Wellinger said on ARD. On Sunday (4 p.m. in the t-online live ticker) there is another single.