Manege free for the 67th 4 Hills Tournament

With the tournament a real highlight is noted for me as a ski jumper in my calendar. Beside the 4 Hills Tournament also the Home World Championship in Seefeld is a part of the highlights of the season and my career. Anyhow, a Home World Championship is a happening, which probably only a few athletes are part of in their career. But now my full attention is focused on the traditional start of the tournament in Oberstdorf.

As every year I am looking forward to the tournament with a lot of excitement, but also a little nervousness, but that’s somehow part of the “myth tournament”.

Many thousand fans, this unique atmosphere, the great spirit and the adrenalin, which comes together with the tournament every year, are indescribable feelings. In the matter of sports I still don’t quite know, what exactly this year’s tournament has ready for me. I had to deal with missing consistency during my training and also the desiderated security was a rare guest in my jumps. Nevertheless I had one or the other good jump. That’s what I bring with me to the tournament.

I am looking forward to what’s coming and will try more and more over to gain consistency and security in my jumps to take with me the best I could give from this year’s tournament. However, first Christmas is right around the corner. A festivity, which I spend every year with my family and which I consciously spend in peace, before the tournament starts. Batteries have to be charged again and afterwards qualification starts in Oberstdorf.

I wish you all peaceful holidays, we see each other at the first competitions and I am looking forward to your great support,

Michi

JaR family meet up in Seefeld

Summer is coming and therefore Summer Grand Prix is close. This means our annual meeting of the JumpandReach family is staring again. At the beginning of hot summer days the JaR for friend is the perfect opportunity to look back at the home wolrd championship in Seefeld and to look forward to the next season 2019/2020. After the e-bike tour last year, we had again the opportunity to try out something completely new and to enjoy the day with great people.

To me as a golf-fan the JaR for friends could not have started better than with a round of golf at GC Seefeld-Reith. After golfing bright kid’s eyes and interesting questions were waiting for us at pizza dinner, which of course wanted to be answered.

The following day we went to Weidachsee in Leutasch, equipped with fishing-rod, bait & co, hoping for the big catch. Even though I have never been fishing before, I had no problems and even was the first one to catch a fish – Thank god! Otherwise I probably had to die of hunger at the meal after fishing… 😉 On go-cart track in the afternoon we had a lot of fun and ended the day with a delicious dinner.

After a great, eventful weekend with the JumpandReach family I will return to the jump to train for my consistency.

I will keep you up-to-date and wish you all great summer days.

See you,

Michi

Congrats Norges…

Ready… Steady… GO… As every year my calendar shows me it is time for Ski Jumper’s Golf Trophy, an “international” tournament, which I really enjoy every year. On a relaxing 9-hole-round and a dinner in the evening, me and my ski jumping colleagues have the opportunity to exchange news and have a great time with each other. Together with my team colleagues of TEAM AUSTRIA we started a rematch against the Norges, who won the title last year. My this year’s golfing performance was quite good and that’s why I wanted to show my best at this day’s tournament and of course, have a great day with the Norges.

It’s great to see my ski jumping colleagues in a completely different atmosphere and to chat, which has not to be about ski jumping all the time. Beside the ambition, which no one could let go on, the coming together for dinner in the evening and especially on the green was important to us.

The conditions for the golf match were great at Zillertal: The weather was perfect and there was not too much wind for the drives. At the last hole I dimpled two balls in the water, however, I am quite satisfied with my performance this day 😉. Nevertheless my performance was not good enough to help my team to win against the Norges. Of course, we would have been glad to win the match, therefore we have to beat them next year 😉. My favourite rematch would be, of course, on the jump – if that works, I can cope with losing the Golf Trophy 😉.

My team and I start summer season with some awesome training sessions. Wish you all a good start of summer,

Michi

After the season is before the season… but in between I went to Thailand :-)

The last season, with its traditional ending in Planica, is over since about 1,5 months and the focus is already on the preparation for the new season.

But before the summer courses start, my journey took a stop in Asia, to be more precise, in Thailand. Swimming on a lonely beach, enjoying the sun, experiencing the local cuisine and the breath-taking nature was on the schedule. Island Hopping from one “Secret dream spot” to the next – life could be worse 😉

With a lot of sun and stunning impressions in our luggage we headed back home with the focus on the first training courses of the new season – the Stanglwirt in Going and Arco in Italy are also places where things definitely could be worse J. I am really looking forward to the courses together with the other groups. There is always a good atmosphere within the group and the one or other biking or climbing session is also on our schedule – that’s the way, how I like training the most.

For sure, we will return to our jumping skies within a short period after the two courses, but step after step ;-).

I wish you all a nice spring and summer-start. You will hear from me,

Michi.

Season 2018/2019 is in the books…

It has been clear to me from the very start, that this season would not be easy for me. My summer and my preparation were full of ups and downs from a very good start, a very good Austrian Championship, up to jumps, which I really was disappointed about.

This emotion and the ups and downs would also accompany me during the season. Just like the slogan “what you cannot built up in summer, you cannot have in winter”, the start in the following season was, like I expected, very hard.

Up to the tournament I was able to make one or the other jump, which you could say felt “quite good”. But with such a sensible sport and such an amount of great jumpers you simply need some of these “really good” jumps in a row to be an important part of the competition. The jumps in Zakopane and the following ski flying in Oberstdorf were suitable the most time and it felt like a step forward.

At THE hightlight of the season, the Nordic Skiing World Championship, the silver medal in team of course was a very emotional moment and especially for me during such a “roller coaster ride” this season.

The same story again at the Raw Air Tournament in Norway – some jumps were not bad, nevertheless not perfect, and some others again not. But that’s simply how it works in ski jumping: you already need consistency in summer for the following winter season, you need to have your personal puzzle together consisting of feeling, material, implicitness and so on to master such a sport like ski jumping.

Overall I look back at the season, which showed me personally as well as in the matter of sports a lot and therefore helped me to make a step forward. In the following days I will gain power for the coming preparation and the upcoming summer with its great training sessions.

I am now really looking forward to the free days and meanwhile I just have to say thanks for the very special support and the great positive messages. Wish you all a great time,

Michi.

Silver with the Team at the “Home – WCS” in Seefeld

The preparations for the Home-WCS weren’t an easy thing for me. They were characterized from many ups and downs and clearly with the related emotions as well. Nevertheless, I was really looking forward to a huge, spectacular event. A “Home-WCS” you don’t often experience as a sportsman – or in other words – just one single time.

Packed with motivation I started into the WCS. Travelling there, press conferences in advance, and the ambience in Seefeld raised the mood and triggered additional emotions and joy. We all were more than excited and couldn’t wait to perform in front of the home crowd.

With the Single event on the big hill in the “bowl of Bergisel” there was a “blockbuster” on the schedule to kick off the WCS. My jumps were neither good nor bad –  at the end I finished on P14 – an important step into a more consistent performance.

The second Medal decision was a really emotional one for all of us – the Team Event on the Bergisel Jumping Hill. Just the fact naming those three words together – Home-WCS, Bergisel and Team-Event – is something really special for a ski jumper. The Event hardly couldn’t go better for us, and we started really well. In the final run, with Krafti as our “last man sitting” up there at the hill – things couldn’t have been more dramatic. Krafti did a great jump and in the end we celebrated the silver medal. This medal, with the hole team, on Bergisel, at the “Home-WCS” was an absolute Highlight throughout my whole career. This medal for me shined like gold one.

With the Event on the normal hill in Seefeld I was really satisfied. The conditions were though, but my jumps were solid, and I was able to finish on P9 – a good top ten result which I was really happy with.

For sure everyone come to WCS to fight for Medals and to win. For me it was clear that I’m not a medal favourite, but I wanted to give it all I had, fight and try everything possible.

At the End I’m looking back on many great moments and impressions of the WCS in Seefeld. It was a WCS with an atmosphere which couldn’t have been any better. Additionally, winning a medal with the team on the Bergisel in front of family, friends and fans – that something really special for me.

For the team and me the next thing on our agenda is the Raw-Air-Tour in Norway. Though schedule but unbelievable atmosphere as well – I’m looking forward to it.

Thanks for crossing fingers for me – we will “read” from me.

Yours Michi

Ski-jumping is not a picnic… Seefeld we are coming!

With the start of the Nordic Ski World Championships in Seefeld the home World Championships are just around the corner. When I’m thinking about the great history of the Bergisel (Olympic Games 64/76) and what the amazing atmosphere there means to a ski-jumper, all is said. -> It is going to be awesome!

When I am looking back to last summer, the word “emotion” is the first one, which comes to my mind. There were ups and downs of a “special class”, from a good summer start to “I don’t know where I am at” through to great Austrian Championships – all of it was in for me. The feeling when a jump “just works” wasn’t a long-stay guest during my preparations. All of these ups and downs should then stay by my side up until now this season.

Certainly that wasn’t the seasons’ and World Championships’ preparation I had hoped for. Material development in a sport that gets more and more sensitive and where the Set-up gains more and more importance… All of these factors which make this “puzzle” even harder to put together.

But ski jumping is not always a picnic. This can be seen quite clearly when looking at the many different results in the World Cup this season.

Being in that situation, in October Patrick and I developed our own plan, with which I want to improve step by step. So there are lots of intermediate goals, which help to accomplish something that isn’t easy to accomplish during the Wold cup season – the purpose is to acquire the so called “easiness”.

Up until the four hills tournament, and also in the last three to four weeks since Val di Fiemme, I really made progress and did some great jumps now and then. But to be able to mix it at the top I need several of these “really great” jumps in a row. 😉

I know that I am not one of the favourites for winning medals in Seefeld, but if there opens a chance, I will be ready. Because the only thing that matters at a major event is winning medals – wherever it takes place. At these World Championships I will fight (as I also did in the last few years) and I will do everything that’s in my power.

I know that we have a good plan, but in our sport you always need some luck too.

I’m really looking forward to the start of the World Championships. I hope lots of people will support me, because I will do my best as always.

See you soon,

Michi

Discover my new App!

Hi everyone,

I think there are some cool news to announce: I now have my own app, with which you guys can get to know me even better! 😉

Get my app and discover me in 3D on my autograph card!

How does it work?
Download the app, then you only have to get one of my autograph cards – and off you go. Simply pull up the app and point your mobilde device towards the printed autograph card and the app shows you different 3D models of me. On one page you can discover me in a sporty outfit, on the other page you’ll see me in action – “flying” over the autograph card. The digital doubles are in such high-resolution that you can zoom in to just a few centimeters. There is also more information about me, including a short bio and my successes.

Here you can get the app:
Android Version
iOS Version

I hope you have as much fun with it as I do! 🙂

Yours, Michi

67th four hills tournament… Check…

The time till the four hills tournament always flies by. First ones looking forward to Christmas and the “silent time” at home and just a glimpse later one is back in the car to drive to Oberstdorf.

The last weeks I really struggled with my consistency – clear that my expectations towards the tour were not that good, I had to be realistic. Again, taking one more step, win consistency and to show some goods jumps – this were my targets.

When I take a look back, some things worked really well. In Oberstdorf still top 30 – and in Garmisch the classic – negatively spoken – Stefan and I had to watch the second run in front of the TV.

In Innsbruck, I felt a little better, I like the Hill and at the End a place around the 20th was great to bring some euphoria towards Bischofshofen. On my favourite hill, in front of home-crowd I then showed the two best jumps of the tournament – at the end it paid off and I could get the 15th place. Another step into the right direction.

To sum it up, my performance during the tour was similar to how it was the whole season. From missing consistency to really nice jumps – this season had everything.

But one thing for sure – we all will remember this historic tournee for a while – thanks Ryoyu Kobayashi. Unbelievable what he did during the four Events – congratulations. Winning all 4 competitions is unbelievable and will be in the history of ski jumping forever.

Last but not least – thanks again to all supporters for the fantastic atmosphere.

See you soon,

Michi

Austrian Champion…

It has been more than a turbulent time in the last few weeks and months.

The summer started quiet and I had been looking forward to these summer months for a long time. After a long season this time is every year something special. I enjoyed the warm temperatures not simply in my hometown but also in Portugal, Lisbon was really great and I enjoyed it a lot. The culture, the special architecture and the good food have stayed in my mind, it really is a beautiful city – Portugal in general is a very beautiful country.

The jumping training courses in summer were not that easy for me. My jumps changed from “really good” to “not quite good” and I was not always that satisfied with my performance. It was hard for me to keep my consistency during the training and also Summer Grand Prix had not much feelings of success for me. Therefore my pleasure was much bigger about my performance at the Austrian Championships. With the gold medal on the normal jump and the silver medal at the larger hill I gained results, which I could not complain about, and I was really satisfied with my performance.

With this feeling of success I am looking forward to the preparation and the start of the season. A season, which has its highlight – the Home World Championship in Seefeld – which is more than just a childhood dream. Until then I hope to gain in consistency for my jumps.

Wish you all a great autumn,

Michi