2016 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Willingen – Review
With cow bells ringing, horns blasting, and national flags madly waving, the world’s best ski jumpers swooshed down the long slope for a triumphant flight, soaring like eagles high above the enthusiastic crowd.
From January 8-11, the ski jumping world flocked to the Hessian town of Willingen to celebrate the 2016 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup. Under brilliant sunshine and defying frigid temperatures, tens of thousands of spectators gathered at the revered Mühlenkopfschanze, the longest ski jump in the world. On Saturday, with supporters wildly cheering, the German favorite, Severin Freund, stuck the landing after a breath-taking jump of 149 m, putting the national team in first place. After dangerous winds forced the cancelation of the second round, the German team held onto its victory over its competitors from Norway and Austria. In addition to the fans on location, millions more followed this highlight of the winter sports season on TV and social media.
On Sunday, the winner of the prestigious German-Austrian “Four Hills Tournament” and currently the best ski jumper in the world, Peter Prevc from Slovenia, once again nosed his way into first place with two fantastic jumps, while the Norwegian Kenneth Ganges and Severin Freund, took 2ndand 3rd place, respectively.
As the official beer sponsor of the event and with its headquarters located less than an hour from the venue, the Warsteiner Brewery took excellent care of his regional, national and international fans and friends by serving its premium beverages on tap at several local gastronomies and in the Warsteiner party tent, which turned into a hotspot on Saturday night.