Eisenbichler enjoys wm title and double success

Eisenbichler enjoys wm title and double success

With closed eyes world champion markus eisenbichler enjoyed the german anthem, even after a marathon interview he still could not believe his happiness.

"How can you digest it when you have never won and suddenly become world champion?? It is special. I am extremely pleased and happy that there are two of us on the podium," said eisenbichler, who together with silver winner karl geiger had ensured a spectacular double success for the german ski jumpers on the famous bergisel in innsbruck.

Time and again "eisei" had finished second in the world cup, now the dream of a first victory finally came true with jumps of 131.5 and 135.5 – and that at the world championships of all places. "That’s awesome," he exclaimed, deeply touched and with gleaming eyes. 20 years after the world championship double success of martin schmitt and sven hannawald, the two room mates from bavaria wrote a new piece of german ski jumping history on saturday.

"It is another highlight, which i did not expect in this form and which makes me very proud," said national coach werner schuster, who was served the longed-for little piece of cake of his term of office, which ends this march.

Eisenbichler and geiger love to scream in the run out and hugged each other again and again after the surprising double success, where swiss killian peier celebrated his third place like a gold medal. "It’s brilliant. We are full of emotion, full of adrenaline. It was a great day today," said the oberstdorf skier, who was a shadow jumper for many years and finally came into the limelight this winter. The silver medalist said that the bill for all the money spent by the coaches should go to the eisenbichler/geiger room on this triumphant evening.

In oberstdorf, garmisch and then again in oberstdorf, the 27-year-old eisenbichler from siegsdorf lacked only nuances for the first victory, this time he kept his nerves and jumped clear of all rivals. "At the final i thought: full on attack. I have to attack now and put everything on the line," said eisenbichler.

He was to succeed in doing so: after his 135.5-meter picture-book flight, a murmur went through the 11,400 spectators at the bergisel, the majority of whom were expecting the title defense of local hero stefan kraft (6.) had hoped. Richard freitag finished ninth, olympic champion andreas wellinger lost his starting place in the team to stephan leyhe after finishing 32nd.

With geiger and eisenbichler, who will lead the DSV-adlers as final jumper for the first time in his career, the team of coach schuster is on sunday (14.30 o’clock/ARD and eurosport) the clear favorite for the first world championship team gold since 2001 in lahti. "We will prepare for tomorrow. Tomorrow is an important competition," eisenbichler urged.

Wearing sunglasses, he went down the stairs in the stadium after the award ceremony, including the anthem, in order to hide his tears, at least for a while. Before, it had burst out of him on the podium, when in the sun of innsbruck with the magnificent panorama of the nordkette, it slowly became clear to him what had actually just happened.

Eisenbichler is the second individual world champion in the ara schuster after severin freund, who did not make it to the world championships in tirol after a break of almost two years. A year ago the man from siegsdorf had to watch geiger, wellinger, freitag and leyhe winning silver in the team. He himself flew home without a medal. This time he has crowned himself right in the first jump. "We have had to experience deep blows. I think you come out of it stronger," said eisenbichler. He proved it impressively.

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