VIKERSUND (Dagbladet): Johann André Forfang called the jury “incompetent” on the ski flying hill in Vikersund yesterday.
Then the cup was full for coach Alexander Stöckl.
Both Stöckl and Forfang confirm that they had a conversation at the athletes’ hotel in Drammen last night.
But that’s not enough: Stöckl confirms to Dagbladet that he spoke to “several jumpers” about something he didn’t like. The message is clear:
– Shut up!
– We have our values and must be role models. Then it is not possible to do it that way, says Stöckl.
First of all, he is very pleased that Halvor Egner Granerud won Raw Air and the overall World Cup on Sunday. Once again, Vikersund delivered as organizer, and it was a party weekend with a Norwegian in the lead role.
But in the squad there has been a lot of frustration. It’s no secret that jumpers struggle in the shadow of Granerud, a 26-year-old from Asker who shines on the world stage.
Had to give up – can still cheer
Forfang was exceptionally sharp in his criticism of the jury yesterday. He had to deal with very poor conditions, and did not skimp on the sweets:
– It’s a living nightmare. I was the victim of an incompetent jury today, he declared to the media on the plain.
The Tromsø jumper was boiling inside – and outside.
Then it became too much for Stöckl.
– We had a meeting afterwards, says the coach.
– It didn’t just apply to him (Forfang). There are several jumpers who have been a bit angry lately. Both because of the conditions and because they don’t get out what they are good at. I reminded them of our values and how we should appear in public. The boys are role models.
Removed from start list
– You say more than Forfang, who was this?
Forfang says that he “doesn’t remember what he said yesterday”. But he understands that his behavior ended with a chat.
– I get it. I didn’t leave anything in between. I say it the way I feel it is. I can understand that you want to tone it down a bit.
He and Stöckl did not agree on everything during the conversation.
Forfang finished 11th in the Raw Air summary. Daniel-André Tande was number ten. Without Granerud’s enormous achievements, it would have been a Norwegian failure at home.
But the winner trumps all.
– Now I’m going to have a couple of days where I don’t hear the word ski jumping. Then I get to try again at the weekend, says Forfang.
– I was in the process of building up the shape of my life. I felt like I was close to standing on the podium in Raw Air. Now I hope that with healthy legs and a clear head, I can fight again.
At the other end is Granerud.
During the same season he wins Hoppuka, the World Cup and Raw Air. The overall win in Raw Air gives 570,000 Norwegian kroner alone. In total, he has won prize money worth five million kroner this season.
He already won the World Cup before today’s race. Arch-rival Dawid Kubacki suddenly had to return home to Poland.
– Worst I’ve seen
– I didn’t understand much. I heard about it a quarter of an hour before the qualifiers started. You get worried when people withdraw, says Granerud.
Kubacki had to throw in the towel for private reasons:
– I don’t have any information or know what the matter is, says Granerud, who was praised by a united Vikersund.
A total of 15,000 spectators were present at the weekend.