After a crash in training, the Norwegian Halvor Egner Granerud loses consciousness. Then he criticizes the new ski jumping suits.
Lillehammer – Ski jumpers expose themselves to great danger when practicing their sport, a loss of balance in the air or during landing is usually synonymous with a fall. Depending on the altitude and speed, these can have serious consequences.
|Halvor Egner Granerud|
|Born:||May 29, 1996 (age 27), Oslo, Norway|
|Debut in the Ski Jumping World Cup:||5 December 2015|
|World Championship medals:||3x Silver|
|Overall World Cup victories:||two (2020/21 and 22/23)|
Granerud falls and escapes with a black eye
Luck in misfortune on Tuesday was Halvor Egner Granerud, who got out of balance during a training jump in Lillehammer, crashed and was then taken to hospital. Apparently, the Norwegian briefly lost consciousness at the moment of serving, but in the meantime he is doing well again, as he told NRK.
"I remember my right ski disappeared, but I don't remember sliding down the hill. I don't know if it was the adrenaline that caused me to see black or the head," said the winter sports ace, who suffered a few bruises but did not suffer any broken bones.
Halvor Egner Granerud has criticized the new ski jumping equipment after a fall. © IMAGO/kolbert-press/Christian Kolbert
Granerud is critical of the new ski jumping equipment
Granerud also sees part of the blame for the new ski jumping equipment. The suits have been reduced in size, which means that the wing is smaller. In order to achieve the same distances as before the adaptation, a higher speed is therefore necessary when jumping from the hill.
"It becomes more dangerous to jump far. We need to have more speed, jump higher and land harder for the same distances. I'm not very happy with that. I want it to be as safe as possible for me so that I can do as many jumps as possible," Granerud, whose compatriot Johannes Thingnes Bö also recently had a training accident, is quoted as saying.
Granerud wants to work on himself: "I have to learn how to jump again"
In order to get used to the new equipment, last season's overall World Cup winner has a lot planned for the coming months. "I have to work technically quite well all summer long if I want to get something done by winter. I need to learn how to jump again. The jumps I made last season, which were the best in the world, won't be the best in the world next season," Granerud makes clear.
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The Norwegian national team coach Alexander Stöckl was relieved after the crash. "You just hope that he gets up and walks on his own," said the Austrian, who is also aware of the difficulties for his flagship athlete: "For Halvor, the combination of a smaller suit, a smaller contact surface and smaller inserts in the boots that ensure contact with the skis is probably a bit challenging."
But Granerud still has time to get used to the new suits. The ski jumping season does not start until November 23 with the night jumping in Ruka, Finland. (masc)
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