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The march direction of the German combined athletes for the last competition is clear: The DSV athletes want gold after an unsuccessful result in the individual competition on the normal hill. Hermann Weinbuch, who as coach had already co-responsible for more than 50 medals at major sporting events, answered questions in the TirolBerg TV studio about the expectations and goals of the German combined athletes.
After nine victories in a row, the success story of the DSV combined athletes has come to an abrupt end in the individual competition on the normal hill on Thursday. In the victory of "Dominator" Riiber, Rydzek in eighth place provided the best DSV result. The national coach Weinbuch was reconciliatory immediately after the competition. "With two gold medals in the bag, the others may also win something," said the successful coach at the time with a wink. Weinbuch was more combative in the TirolBerg TV studio interview: "The form is right, the boys are in a good mood and we will really attack in the team competition".
Seefeld is in itself a good place for the DSV athletes and the ski jump is also in the hands of the German combined athletes. Nevertheless, Toni Seelos Schanze has its pitfalls in difficult conditions. However, Weinbuch and his boys are not intimidated by this: "We want to fight for the gold medal. A podium position should be possible at any rate."
Weinbuch sees three nations in the medal ranks: "In my opinion, Austria, Norway and us Germans are almost level. On day X it depends on who has the better momentum. Japan could also possibly get involved."
For Austria the successful duo Bernhard Gruber and Franz-Josef Rehrl with Mario Seidl and Lukas Klapfer will be at the start of the relay tomorrow. After the weather chaos at the individual ski jumping competition on the normal hill, Austria is still waiting for the first gold medal at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships. One of them will keep his fingers crossed tomorrow. Margret, wife of combi-routine Gruber, revealed the biggest fan of the Austrian combo athletes at the silver medal ceremony on Thursday: "Our bigger son is already in the stadium and gets everything. He is a big fan of Franz-Josef Rehrl." But Gruber-Junior is also keeping his fingers crossed for Daddy.
| TirolBerg TV Studio Seefeld