A very big of the German ski jumping occurs: Severin friend is known to be aware of his career ending at the World Cup final.

Severin friend was relaxed at the foot of one of those giant shaws, which had the world almost 20 years, and enjoyed the sun on his last day as a ski jumper.

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“I’m in pure and can conclude this chapter in my life as I imagined myself,” Germany’s most successful ski jumpers of the past two decades said when he explained a little surprisingly his career on Sunday morning in Planica.

With the 33-year-old Lower Bavaria, the Olympic champion and four-time world champion, the most important link between the Hannawald generation and today’s top jumpers around Karl Geiger disappears from the scene.

As a friend in 2007 debuted in the World Cup, German ski jumping was a second-class. Together with Werner Schuster, who became a national coach, and the Richard Friday (30) withdrawn only in the previous week, friend led the DSV-Adler back up.

“I had really nice years and was allowed to collect many valuable experiences,” said friend. 22 World Cup victories he celebrated, only Jens White Flywell (33) and Martin Schmitt (28) have more among the German jumpers. In 2014, friend was in Sochi team Olympic champion, in the same winter ski flight world champion.

Gold from whites at World Cup in Falun

One year later, his best season followed when he gained gold from the Großschanze in Falun / Sweden by the World Cup as well as with the Mixed Team and won in a memorable final as the last German to the overall World Cup prior to the cutting-edge Slovenes Peter Prevc. Only the four-headed tour victory also managed him like every DSV adler since 20 years now.

In memory, friend’s comeback will remain after serious injury. After two cruciate ligaments in 2017, he fought back to the World Cup team, no longer reached the old strength, but still celebrated late successes: 2021 became a friend in Oberstdorf team world champion, two weeks ago he won at the ski flight World Cup in Vikersund Silver With the German team.

For Olympia in Beijing, however, he had no longer qualified, a lot of boys went to his hand. “In recent weeks, I realized that the time as an active athlete comes to an end,” he said.

Horngacher regrets friend resignation

National coach Stefan Horngacher regrets the resignation of the highest Routinian. “As he focused on the point, he also came back from defeats or injuries and proved qualities that only true champions have,” said the Austrian: “Severin leaves a sporty and human a great gap.”

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Friend who lives with Mrs Caren and Daughter Johanna in Munich should be preserved as the German Ski Association (DSV) as possible. “For ski jumping my heart beats. Therefore, I will stay connected with this sport my life,” said the International Management Graduate.