DSV-Adler speaks of his suffering before the Four Hills Tournament
Created: 12/29/2022, 3:52 p.m
By: Christoph Klaucke
Markus Eisenbichler does not travel to the Four Hills Tournament in top form.
In the summer, the ski jumper even thought of retiring from competitive sports.
Oberstdorf – It just doesn't work.
Markus Eisenbichler is looking for his form.
The six-time world champion did not do well in qualifying for the opening competition of the Four Hills Tournament in Oberstdorf either – only 127.5 meters and 27th place.
"Eisei", as the Bavarian ski jumper is affectionately called, is used to fighting for victories in the world's best winter sports.
The current low form is gnawing at the 31-year-old, who even expressed thoughts of retiring before the season.
Born: April 3, 1991 (age 31), Siegsdorf
Profession: federal police officer/ski jumper
Greatest successes: 6x World Championship gold, 1x Olympic bronze, 3 World Cup victories
Four Hills Tournament: 2nd place (2018/19)
Before the Four Hills Tournament: Eisenbichler talks about thoughts of resignation
“I just don't like ski jumping like that.
The jump just sucked.
I'm so busy with myself, I've been really patient now, but I'm losing patience.
Such shit," railed Eisenbichler, who only has outsider chances at the Four Hills Tournament.
"It just doesn't feel right.
I'm just sneaking behind.
That's really repugnant to me," rumbled the emotional Upper Bavarian.
Eisenbichler was already despairing of his jumping skills in the summer and thought of ending his career prematurely.
"The fire just went away," revealed the DSV-Adler and now confirms to
that he has gotten help in recent months and has done a lot of mental work.
A field in which the former Tournament winner Sven Hannawald is very familiar.
Ski jumper Markus Eisenbichler thought about resigning.
© Frank Hoermann/Imago
Sven Hannawald encourages DSV-Adler
“There is currently another reason for Markus’ low.
An extended strength training phase.
But that's over now.
I hope he manages to get into his sensitivity.
In the fall of his career, of course, it's not easy.
Body and mind must remain in harmony,” said Hannawald, who suffered from burnout in 2004 and ended his career as a result.
"He's actually the energy eagle in the team and incredibly important."
In the meantime, Eisenbichler has the fire again, as his reaction after the botched qualification shows, but he hasn't found his form yet.
"I just want to have the feeling again of making a great jump that you don't have to think too much about and know: I can trust what I'm doing." Maybe already at the Four Hills Tournament and the opening competition in Oberstdorf.
Turn at Four Hills Tournament?
Eisenbichler wants to "have a sauna" - "It's just ski jumping"
Eisenbichler knows the ingredients that are needed for this.
I can relax there.
And stay realistic: It's just ski jumping," explained the 31-year-old, who has the necessary composure and foresight for it.
"When we athletes talk about setbacks, we always have to remember: Other people have to cope with completely different strokes of fate." Now Eisenbichler only has to show his size on the hill, and above all, distance.