My special winter is over

The ski jumping season ended a few days ago and I have to say that, from my point of view, it comes a bit too early. I feel really good physically and would definitely be motivated to hang on a few more weeks, especially since it has been going quite well for me lately. 🙂

But until then it was also a lot of work. Since my disk surgery in October, a lot has happened: Recovery, start of training, first jumps on the hill, comeback at the Bergisel, Conti Cup and then came the Ski Flying World Championships in Vikersund.

The fact that I made it to the Ski Flying World Championships really made me happy and is also a confirmation of my way. Ski flying itself is a really cool feeling and I was also excited to be back on the road with the World Cup team. I’m really satisfied with my 7th place in the individual and I’m really happy for Krafti that he won the bronze medal. It was just a pity that we missed a medal with the team. That would have been another absolute highlight for me personally. Nevertheless, it was a good World Championships for me and I really like to think back.

I really enjoyed the final ski flying events in Oberstdorf and Planica. The weather was great, the fans created an incredible atmosphere and I was able to jump onto the podium with the team at the end. That was almost the perfect end to the season for me.

And when I look back on this journey, I can really say with confidence that all the hard work over the last few months has paid off, even if it wasn’t always easy. So I’m all the happier with my progress, but also a little sad that the season is over.

Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to spring and summer, because there are always some cool things coming up. But before that, I’m going skiing again to enjoy the last moments of winter. I can’t put the skis in the corner that fast ;).

I would also like to thank all of you who have supported me so energetically over the last few months and who have cheered along with me. Thanks also for the numerous messages, reading my blog and following my way since my surgery. That has always really pleased and motivated me.

See you soon and take care

Michi 🙂

I really look forward to ski flying!

First things first: my back is doing great! For me it’s still unbelievable that I’m doing so well physically now. In addition, the past weeks have been great in terms of sports and I am really looking forward to returning to the World Cup. And of course I’m especially looking forward to ski flying. 🙂

But, as always, everything in order. In January I trained well and of course I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t go to Beijing, because the Olympic Games are something very special. But just the fact that I had the chance to qualify was hard to believe. Shortly after my disk surgery, the Olympics just seemed so far away.

Even though I couldn’t be there, I was of course rooting for my teammates in front of the TV. Of course, the fact that the boys actually won team gold topped everything. And now Krafti also has an Olympic medal – after all, I’ve already had mine since 2014. 😉 And the silver medal from Fetti is also really cool.

I was able to use the time during the Olympic Games quite well to train further and therefore I collected points for the quota in the Conti Cup. I will especially remember the trip to Iron Mountain, Michigan. It was my first trip to the USA and definitely a cool experience. It was especially cool that I could even jump on the podium once with a 3rd place – again a confirmation that our plan works.

After that I went to Brotterode-Trusetal in Germany, where my jumps were okay, but overall I didn’t really like the hill. But that’s how it can go sometimes. It was all more easy-going in Norway. The hill in Rena suited me better and I could jump on the podium on both competition days. That was really cool, four really good competition jumps in a row!

But the highlight in the Conti Cup was definitely my victory in Planica last weekend. To be on top again is a wonderful feeling and I am extremely grateful for that. The past months have been a long process and a really special time, which is why I am even more pleased that the path I planned with my coach Patrick has gone so well so far.

This weekend I’m still competing at the Conti Cup in Lahti and after that the focus is fully on ski flying, because I collected enough points for the quota in the last weeks. Ski flying is simply an indescribable feeling and I can hardly wait until it starts again. Also I hope you have time to watch us live or on TV on the big hills in the next days and weeks.

See you next time,
Michi 🙂

Our plan was successful!

First of all a happy new year to all of you! 🙂

My year has started really cool, I made great progress after my disk surgery and could even participate in the World Cup.

After my first jumps at the beginning of December, I was really happy that our plan had worked out and I was able to put almost full weight on my body. In the following days until Christmas, I trained very hard and at the same time made sure that I didn’t overdo it. A few days after Christmas came the first test: I traveled to Engelberg with the Continental Cup Team.

There, I made another step forward and was able to make very stable jumps. I even finished the competition on Sunday on the podium, it couldn’t have gone any better up to that point. Now I was already able to think a little bit in the direction of the Four Hills Tournament.

Shortly after the surgery I could not predict when and how I would be back on the hill, but only a little later my coach Patrick and I had a plan, and there the goal “Bergisel” was at the top of the list. When I really made it the Bergisel on the 3rd of January, I could hardly believe that we really managed to do the almost impossible.

THANK YOU to everyone who helped me along the way!

At the qualifier that day, I still didn’t have a good body feeling and just missed the competition as 51st. Unfortunately the Bergisel jumping had to be cancelled due to wind, but so I had the possibility to start again at the replacement competition in Bischofshofen.
On my home hill it went much better. After the passed qualification, I could fully attack and jumped into the top 10! The most beautiful 9th place of my career!
The relief and joy I felt that day are indescribable. It’s just nice that the work and patience paid off. And I now know that I can perform well again in the World Cup. The next day I felt that I still have to manage my strength, so I am very satisfied with 22nd place.

After that it was back to training and stabilizing. Among other things, I did some jumps together with my buddy Stefan Kraft in Ramsau. This weekend I will be back in the World Cup, in Zakopane I will try to take the next step. And if there is something new to report, I will of course get back to you. 🙂

See you then
Michi

I’m back on the hill

Almost exactly two months after my surgery I could do my first jumps on the hill in Seefeld and that was really cool. 🙂

Since I only started training again in mid-November, I still have some catching up to do, but I’ve made good progress in the last few weeks. I’m definitely very happy with my progress and how it’s going so far. Nevertheless, I am aware that there is still a lot of work ahead of me on the way back.

That’s why I was really happy when I could finally do my first jumps again. The feeling of sitting on the beam and being in the air is simply incredible. To be honest, I’ve been missing that a lot, so the anticipation was big in the last few days. I’m also really happy that everything worked out well during the first jumps, because I was admittedly a bit excited.

So, I’m very happy how well everything is going. It’s now important to keep on working hard, to stay positive and to find the right balance between training and regeneration so that I don’t put too much strain on my back. Despite my big motivation, I still have to be careful because the surgery was only two months ago.

I will use the next days and weeks to work exactly on my jumps so that I continue to make such great progress. In any case, I will give myself the time I need to come back and not try to force anything. And if there is something new to report, I will of course get back to you. 🙂

See you then
Michi

Finally back to training!

As promised, I’m back with an update on my progress after the surgery to keep you updated. 🙂

It’s been several weeks since my disk surgery. Fortunately, everything has gone well since then and some improvements have been made. I have successfully completed the resting phase and the first light movements. Now I’m finally allowed to do physical training exercises again and work out a little.

So far I am satisfied with my progress and as long as everything continues like this, I am on a good way back. And of course that puts me in a positive mood for the future. However, I still have to take care of my back and not exercise too much, even though I have a strong urge to move. 😉

I’ll just continue to see from week to week how my body reacts and how the situation develops. Due to the surgery and the break afterwards, I have a lot of catching up to do physically. However, I have already worked out a plan with my coach Patrick Murnig that will prepare me well for the next few weeks.

All in all, I hope to be fully fit again soon and I’m already looking forward to being back on the hill. I will keep you updated and when the time comes, I will definitely let you know. 🙂

See you soon

Michi

 

Comeback loading…

Hello everyone!

As you probably already noticed, I had to radically change my “plan” for the winter in the last weeks… But first of all the most important thing: I’m fine and I’m pain-free again! 🙂

Now I want to take my time to tell you more about what happened in the last weeks.

The topic “back” has been accompanying me for a while now, but with appropriate additional “attention” (training, physiotherapy, etc.), I had my back very well under control in the last years. At the Summer Grand Prix in Hinzenbach, however, the back pain came back. The problems became really acute before and during the Summer Grand Prix in Klingenthal, where they got worse every day and became almost unbearable in one or two days. In the end, I couldn’t even stand or lie down properly. After that, everything happened very quickly. I immediately consulted a doctor, where I was diagnosed with a disk herniation. Since I already had numbness in my left leg at this point, surgery was inevitable. In Innsbruck, I was operated by Dr. Gabl and fortunately the surgery went very well. After that, I was really relieved to finally have no more pain! 🙂

Afterwards I had to stay in the hospital for about a week before I could go home. But the time was shortened by some visits – including pizza from Krafti. 😉

All in all, the first three weeks meant a lot of lying down and resting for me, which already put my patience to a hard test. After all, the urge to move as a top athlete is very big! But now the next steps of the rehab continue. I am allowed to move more, walk along the river and start a more active therapy. Especially the physiotherapy is important now and also light trunk training is already possible again. However, I still have to be careful and take care of my back. But I am very happy that the rehab is going well and I am also looking forward to the coming weeks. The most important thing for me is simply to be free of pain and to work my way back step by step in consultation with Dr. Gabl.

At this point I would also like to thank you fans for the supportive words and the numerous recovery wishes! That made me very happy and is a great additional motivation! 🙂  And also a big thank you to Dr. Gabl and his team for the quick action and the good care in the hospital.

I will keep you updated

Michi

 

Injury and JumpandReach for friends

Unfortunately the summer didn’t start as I expected it to. Instead of training and exercise I had to pause, because I injured myself during training. I tore my anterior syndesmosis ligament and also got a bone marrow edema. As a result, I was unable to exercise for some time and was only allowed to return to training slowly. That was of course very annoying and for the season preparation everything but ideal. Fortunately, it was a rather short matter in the end, which I overcame quite quickly and so far well. Certainly, I lost some training and had to realign my plans together with my coach Patrick. But I am in good spirits that I am now on a promising path.

Unfortunately, the injury has not only prevented me from training. I arrived a little later for the JumpandReach for friends in Seefeld because I couldn’t take part in the hike with the kids due to my injured foot. Nevertheless, it was again a unique experience to get together with the whole JumpandReach family after the season and celebrate the cool achievements. The community atmosphere, the relaxed mood and the friendly exchange are a fixed point every year that I look forward to very much. The joint dinner including the medal celebration with the entire JumpandReach family was once again an absolute highlight and the subsequent workshops and discussions were important and interesting.

As I said, I have been back in full training mode for a few weeks now. With every day the excitement for the new season is rising – hopefully with you fans at the hills again. 🙂

See you soon
Michi

Spring is when…

… I swap my ski jumping outfit for my golf bag or even my tennis racket now and then and I slowly but surely set up my concept for the upcoming season 😉 But spring is usually also when the temperatures are constantly warm and gradually become summery – let’s hope at least that this comes soon then … 😀

So in the past days and weeks, besides a few quieter days, the Wings for Life Run, one or the other tennis match as well as the “Audi Shootout” were on the agenda. The latter was a really cool golf event with a great golf location. (P.S. I was quite satisfied with my golf swing there ;))

Apart from that, we have already had some training sessions at the base and the training courses won’t be long in coming. The course in Faak is always a course we all look forward to. The mixture of sport, stress and regeneration fits perfectly there, the whole team is there and the atmosphere is always cool.

So I am really looking forward to the coming weeks, with its training courses and “outdoor activities” like golf, tennis, mountain biking & Co.

Hope you are doing well, I’ll keep you posted,

best regards,

Michi.

A special season 20/21 is in the books.

A special season has come to a more than special end with a flight to 245 meters and a 3rd place with my teammates in the final team jump.

I leave the past season with many positive moments and some cool steps in the right direction. The season started with really easy flights at the Ski Flying World Championships in Planica and ended again with great flights in Planica and I am mega happy with my performances in Slovenia. Both times I just missed the podium but I am really happy with my performances.

I was able to smooth out the subsequent slight turbulence step by step during the season and I did quite well up to the World Championships.

The coming season will be dominated by the Olympic rings and especially the FANS. We really missed them this year and partly the atmosphere was a bit sad in comparison – so we hope that the stadiums will be full again in the coming season, colorful and carried by the mood of our fans.

Until then, a huge THANK YOU for your support at home in front of the TV sets – WE WILL SEE YOU!

Michi.

Goodbye Oberstdorf!

Oberstdorf was the expected highlight and is unfortunately as soon as you think about it, already over again. In the run-up, we were of course all curious how it will be with the flair there without fans and without the whole all-around but I must say that the organizer has managed in this difficult time to put a really cool world championship for us athletes on the legs. It’s no secret that we incredibly missed the fans – even more so in such a “Nordic crazy country” like Germany – but the flair there on site was still special.

For me personally, this World Championships had one or the other very cool jump to offer, I tried to approach the jumps and competitions with a lot of courage and to go step by step back in the right direction and I certainly succeeded to some extent. That I come home from Oberstdorf with a medal is also really cool and I am proud of that. It was a very nice moment to win this medal together with my room mates Kraft, Dani and Sara.

In addition to the many great moments at the World Championships, I was also a little disappointed not to be part of the team on the large hill. The fact that I didn’t make it into the team was a bit painful, and then at a World Championships, you’re disappointed as an athlete, but that’s also part of the sport.

All in all, I can look back on a very cool time at the World Championships and I am proud that I was able to compete there for Red-White-Red. After a breather, it’s on to the World Cup finals, the ski flying in Planica. I am really looking forward to it and I will keep you informed.

Michi.