Over the weekend Karl Geiger celebrated his ski flying world championship. But now the ski jumper has been tested positive for the corona virus. The start of the tour is therefore uncertain.
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Ski flying world champion Karl Geiger is infected with the corona virus and has to worry about his start in the 69th Vierheuvel tournament. The 27-year-old Oberstdorf was positive in one of the regular tests and is now in quarantine, the German Ski Association (DSV) announced on Thursday.
“I’m fine, I have no symptoms. I am now in quarantine and will be tested regularly,” said Geiger, who on won gold in the individual and silver in the team at the World Ski Flying Championships in Planica, Slovenia last weekend. The world title was the biggest success of his career so far. Whether Geiger’s start to the tour (from December 28) is in danger was initially open.
Geiger and Eisenbichler best Germans
The World Championships in Engelberg, Switzerland, traditionally the dress rehearsal for the ski jumping event around the turn of the year, will certainly miss second place in the World Cup last winter. “Unfortunately in Engelberg we have to do without our brand new ski flying world champion Karl Geiger”, said national coach Stefan Horngacher.
Geiger was the best German athlete in the winter so far, along with teammate Markus Eisenbichler. All other tests on the team were negative, the DSV wrote. The team will travel to Switzerland next Thursday and the last games before Christmas will take place on Saturday and Sunday.
“That was probably this perfect week”
For Geiger it was one of the most turbulent weeks of his life. Surprisingly, he had triumphed in Slovenia while his heavily pregnant wife was at home in the Allgäu. Monday daughter Luisa was born. “That was probably this perfect week, which is always talked about!” Geiger wrote on Instagram, thanking his wife and daughter “for waiting for me.”
While rivals like Austria have already been hit hard by the virus, this winter is the first corona case for the German ski jumping team. Those in charge had always insisted that the concept should be structured in such a way that other athletes should not be quarantined if they are positive.
The Four Hills Tournament kicks off on December 28 with qualification in Geiger’s hometown Oberstdorf. Geiger was third overall on the tour last winter and is one of the best candidates for the overall victory in this year’s 69th edition. Since Sven Hannawald in 2001/2002 there is no German tour winner anymore.