Home championship Seefeld 2019 – without any doubts one of the highlights of the career for our JumpandReach athletes. Fighting for medals at home, with home audience, is a privilege, which not every athlete achieves in his career. Over 200,000 members of the audience, best conditions and the host Seefeld were the reason for the this year’s championship to have a really special flair, which the athletes as well as the audience enjoyed.
Like for almost no one else the home world championship was very challenging to Michael Hayböck. Already in the time for preparation in summer had to fight with keeping his consistency. His training was full of ups and downs, that is something he always underlines. According to his preparation his expectations to himself were low: “I have to be realistic.” However, the 28 year old would not let go on improving his performance step by step. His hard work was rewarded with an excellent placing in team jumping together with Stefan Kraft, Daniel Huber and Philipp Aschenwald: They achieved a silver medal for the Austrian team, which shined like gold.
For Stefan Kraft this victory was not the only one: Even though he also had to deal with bad conditions in preparation and missing consistency, he achieved on the regular jump the 3rd place and therefore gained bronze after a nerve-racking jump on the Toni Seelos jump. Together with Eva Pinkelnig, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz and Philipp Aschenwald he made it to the second place in the mixed team competition: 3rd medal for Krafti!
After his first victory in welt cup and the victory in Nordic Combined Triple, Mario Seidl achieved the third place in team competition together with Bernhard Gruber, Franz-Josef Rehrl and Lukas Klapfer: a great performance this season which was perfectly completed by the bronze world championship medal. A victory which was based on will power and stake, like we found out after the event: At the jump over 115.5 m the Tyrolian injured his knee. Giving up has never been an option for Seidl, so he nevertheless showed a great performance on the cross-country ski run.
Even though the conditions were not the best for the JumpandReach family, we happily look back at the events of the home world championship. With a lot of stake and determinedness the JumpandReach athletes faced the challenges and therefore were regarded with great performances and 5 medals. A World championship, which we will not forget that easily!