Stefan Kraft is the defending Crystal Globe champion after the previous season ended prematurely in Trondheim. What can we expect from this season? Let’s find out more with STATSCORE!
COVID-19 caused as much confusion in winter sports as everywhere else. It’s enough to say that this summer’s sole top ski jumping competitions took place in Wisla (K-120, HS-134), Poland.
The inauguration of this year’s competition will take place there too, for the fourth time in a row. Let’s find out more about what we could expect from this season!
2 championship tournaments… and more changes
The pandemic forced some major changes in the schedule. During this season we’ll be watching both the Ski Flying Championships and the Nordic World Ski Championships. Unfortunately, there are many indications that the virus will block fans from witnessing these competitions directly from the stands.
Empty stands are the biggest and saddest change that awaits us at the beginning of the season. We will also not be able to see Stephan Leyhe and Killian Peier, due to their injuries.
What we have seen, however, are the changes in the management of the competition – the Austrian Walter Hofer was replaced by Sandro Pertile from Italy.
6 front-runners … and possible surprises
Despite considerable problems with the preparations, it seems that the fight for top positions will take place between the best jumpers of the previous season.
Kraft, Geiger, Kobayashi, Lindvik and two Poles – Kubacki and Stoch, should keep up their good form. Yukiya Sato, Daniel Andre Tande and Tim Zajc are among those who may surprise us in a positive way.
Let’s take a look at last season stats!
There were very few jumps taking place this summer, but among the completely new names, Norwegian Sander Eriksen and German Martin Hamman are surely worth remembering.
1 cancelled event… at least
Sapporo will not host the ski jumpers this year, the competition has been cancelled before the start of the season.
Unfortunately, we might expect more cancellations, including Olympic test on a new ski jumping hill near Beijing. To make things even more difficult, the competition may be thwarted by high temperatures, lack of snow, or strong wind, as it happened during the previous season…
Despite this uncertainty and some tough restrictions being implemented, we are sure that we’ll be watching a fair and exciting competition until March.
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