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Local hero Philipp Aschenwald went from school straight to the jumping hill for the special jump’s second training at Bergisel jumping hill. After having passed his English exam, he is very happy to head out of the gate at Bergisel, showing his top form for the World Championships with rank no. 3 and 5. “Naturally I rather jump than sit in a classroom” the 23-year old quotes. “It is really cool being here. Bergisel and Seefeld are two great locations and I am really happy to be starting here. I am looking forward to two interesting weeks.”
The goal for the ÖSV team is achieving the best possible results with the help of the cheering crowds. The charges of head trainer Andreas Felder entered at the second training and showed positive results: The ninth and twelfth place of Daniel Huber and the two second places of Michi Hayböck were especially pleasing. Stefan Kraft confirmed his role as the odds-on favourite: 130 m in the second round signified rank no. 2. – Only high-flyer Ryoyu Kobayashi (the winner of all four jumps of the last Four Hills Tournament) jumped two meters farther.
Helas, the competition is strong: the German team with Karl Geiger and Markus Eisenbichler at the top were very strong in the second training whereas the Polish took a break on Thursday.
On Friday the qualification jumps will take place before the medal jumps begin. Stefan Kraft, Michael Hayböck, Philipp Aschenwald, Daniel Huber and old hand Manuel Fettner who asserted himself against Jan Hörl for Saturday are forming the team for the World Championships.