Aleksander Zniszczol, after his weak jump on 114.5 meters, probably did not think that he would qualify for the first individual competition in Ruce. Certainly not under such circumstances. He lingered for a long time outside of Saturday’s first round, but eventually qualified. After the fatal attempt by the winner of the last World Cup competition – Halvor Egner Granerud.
We know what caused Granerud’s poor jump in qualifying. “He gets tired of symmetry”
The Norwegian triumphed in Nizhny Tagil, but already in the second jump of the competition last Sunday, he made a mistake that takes him extra meters, and sometimes even costs promotion to qualifications or the second series of competitions. – He is struggling with the symmetry of the silhouette and the arrangement of the skis after leaving the threshold – told us after the competition in Russia, the Norwegian coach, Alexander Stoeckl.
Uneven exit from the threshold of Halvor Egner Granerud – on the left during the second series of the second World Cup competition in Nizhny Tagil, on the right during the team competition of the Norwegian championship Screen Eurosport Player, Twitter.com/Serba1997
It is true that the Austrian added that “besides, he does not see what Granerud could do better”, but this is a mistake from the category of those that can become a real nuisance for the jumper when repeated. And it was the uneven transition from the threshold that plunged the Crystal Ball winner into qualifying at Ruce. Even the new shoes worn specifically for this series did not help. He only jumped 111.5 meters and took only 53rd place in them. – He flew crooked. Later he tried to save it selflessly, but he couldn’t do anything else – he said in a statement for the Norwegian branch of Viaplay Stoeckl on Friday. Granerud added that he wanted to go forward too quickly after a bounce, to lie down on the skis. As reported by Tomasz Golik, who runs a Twitter profile mainly about jumping statistics, this is only the second case in the history of the World Cup where the competitor who won the previous competition does not qualify for the next one.
This is not a new problem for Granerud. “He had to find balance and rhythm”
Granerud has a double problem. Because he loses control over the first phase of flight, he is very unstable in it, but he also has trouble with the arrangement of the skis. In the event of a jump in Ruce, he put them on top of himself, and those hitting one another knocked him off the beat and made him lose his balance in flight. As a result, he had to correct his figure with a movement of his hand and he was losing valuable meters. As a result, he fell and landed too close to consider entering Saturday’s competition in Finland.
This, however, is nothing new. The Norwegian has been struggling with this technical problem since last season. This was best seen during the competition in Planica, when he was used to jumping regularly after a positive test for the presence of coronavirus, he even collided skis with himself immediately after taking off and could not fly far on a mammoth. At that time, however, he was also quite shocked by the fall of his friend, Daniel Andre Tande, and perhaps this also influenced the fact that for the first time in over a year he did not qualify for the second round of the World Cup competition.
Granerud had similar difficulties at the national championships and in the last training sessions before the start of the new season. – He had problems joining the skis right after the take-off. He had to find the balance and rhythm that would allow him to jump to the next level of his jumping. But I’m not worried about him. Among the jumps that I saw, there were also those that will allow him to be very strong this winter – described the former Graneruda coach, Marius Huse in a statement to a long article about the Norwegian, which appeared on Sport.pl on the occasion of the inauguration of the season.
Norwegian coach confident: Halvor will continue to surprise with great jumps
Granerud, however, is a jumper who can deal with his problems. On Sunday, when the second qualification and competition takes place on the hill in Ruka, he will again be among the favorites for the top positions. His victory against Nizhny Tagil made him the best Norwegian in the history of the World Cup in terms of victories in the cycle. He overtook Roar Ljoekelsoey. “It’s fantastic that Halvor broke this record in such a short time.” However, it is well deserved and I am sure that he has ambitions for even greater success, although he is already the best among the jumpers from his country. He will continue to surprise with great jumps – said Alexander Stoeckl.
– Our goal for Halvor and the rest of the players is to improve their disposition with each competition and to adapt to the new facilities as quickly as possible. We need to wisely dispose of energy between travels, training and competitions in order to stay at the highest level of physical condition and focus appropriately on all weekends this winter – concluded the trainer.
Granerud will not start in Ruce on Saturday, but there will be six other Norwegians. Ninth in qualifying was Robert Johansson, 16th Fredrik Villumstad, 22nd Marius Lindvik, 27th Daniel Andre Tande, 30th Johann Andre Forfang and 43rd Anders Fannemel. The individual competition will start at 4:30 PM and a trial series will be scheduled at 3:15 PM. Live coverage on Sport.pl and in the Sport.pl LIVE application.