David Siegel, here qualifying for the New Year's Jump at the Four Hills Tournament 2023, is ending his career. © Fotostand / Eibner / Imago
He was Junior World Champion and German Champion. But now David Siegel is ending his ski jumping career at the age of only 26.
Baiersbronn – And suddenly it's over: ski jumper David Siegel ends his career – at the age of only 26. This was announced by the former Junior World Champion and German Champion via social media.
|Born:||28 August 1996 (age 26 years), Baiersbronn|
|Greatest ski jumping successes:||Junior World Champion (individual and team), German Champion (2 x individual)|
David Siegel ends his ski jumping career at the age of only 26
"Now it's time to say goodbye. After 21 years of ski jumping, unfortunately, the end is already here," it said on Siegel's Instagram account, for example.
He continued: "In all this time, it has been my faith that has helped me, but also countless people. Thank you very much for that! I was able to learn a lot: learn to fly, learn to fall, learn to get up, learn to trust, meet new people, learn to love. Thank you for everything!"
Ski jumper David Siegel was no longer in the German squad
In the most recently published team list of the German Ski Association for the coming season, the jumper from Baiersbronn (Freudenstadt district, Baden-Württemberg) had already been missing.
In 2016, the Black Forest native became Junior World Champion in individual and team competition. He also secured the German championship in 2016 and 2018. He won his only World Cup victory with the team in Zakopane, Poland, in January 2019. In the competition, he fell badly after landing in the second round and tore his cruciate ligament. After that, Siegel did not come close to his earlier achievements.
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What's next for the former ski jumping hope? Siegel had already given a few insights on Instagram in recent weeks. He and his family are involved in the areas of "day care" and "barrier-free living".
Under a poster of the "Lebenshof Siegel", which is to be obtained in Dürrenmettstetten (Rottweil district) at the beginning of 2024, the 26-year-old wrote: "I am very happy to be doing something here together with my family for people who are looking for community and support in everyday life. How this came about, how far we are with the construction and what drives us in the work, I try to show you piece by piece." Leaving winter sports behind and taking a new direction: biathlete Eleonora Fauner also has a new vocation. Meanwhile, there are thoughts about possibly ski jumping in Dubai or Las Vegas soon. (akl)