Kobayashi, stoch and co.: the favorites in the form check
Ryoyu kobayashi, kamil stoch, piotr zyla: the biggest winners of the four hills tournament this year come from japan and poland. Among the german ski jumpers, one in particular has recently given cause for hope. The form check of the tour favorites.
RYOYU KOBAYASHI: the japanese is the shooting star of the season. The 22-year-old won four of the seven individual world cup jumps and was on the podium in two other competitions. "He is the top favorite, he has won most of the jumps," says national coach werner schuster. Kobayashi won the second jump at the tour dress rehearsal in engelberg. The day before he had his weakest result of the season when he finished seventh. Kobayashi's greatest strength is the jump and the extremely high speed he takes with him from this phase into the flight.
KAMIL STOCH: "king kamil" doesn't have to prove it to anyone anymore. The 31-year-old has earned the glorious nickname in his home country with, among other things, two overall victories in the tournament. If stoch wins the opening jump in oberstdorf, he will be the first to win six individual jumps in a row at the four-hills-tournament. Poland's national coach stefan horngacher says convinced: "this year he is better than last winter at the same time."Germany's last tour winner to date sven hannawald says: "kamil is always on your mind."
PIOTR ZYLA: the pole was stronger than last year's high-flyer not only in engelberg. Zyla is also in second place in the overall world cup, one place ahead of stoch. "He's not at his peak yet, but he's on the best way there," horngacher said about his second top man. Zyla, who has presented himself very consistently this season, has developed enormously. In the past, the 31-year-old zyla "gave nice interviews, always acted the fool for everyone," explains horngacher. Now he puts "the emotions more into ski jumping".
AND THE GERMAN? The DSV-adlers are not among the very rough contenders for victory in this tour. Last year's top favorites, richard freitag and olympic champion andreas wellinger, have yet to really get going. Even the recovered severin freund is so far only jumping behind. Others give hope: karl geiger, for example, who celebrated his first world cup victory in engelberg. Stephan leyhe in second place at wisla has also shown podium qualities this season. Whether the two have the extra class and the consistency for the rough attack on the tour eagle is questionable.