Winter classic – the New Year's tour of the Four Ski Jumps begins

One of the most popular sports events at this time of the year traditionally starts in Obersdorf, Germany

by Sededin Dedovic
Winter classic – the New Year's tour of the Four Ski Jumps begins
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Anticipation is building as the New Year's Tour of the "Four Ski Jumps" is set to begin with qualifying jumps on Thursday. This long-awaited sporting event traditionally marks the beginning of the year in Obersdorf, Germany, winning the hearts of winter sports fans around the world.

Ski jumping is very popular and the tour of four ski jumps is the main event of the year, which is traditionally held at this time. The action-packed tour begins on Friday 29 December, followed by the renowned event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on New Year's Day.

The excitement then travels to Austria, with the third stop scheduled in Innsbruck on January 3rd, culminating in the grand finale on the 6th in Bischofshofen. The situation in the general standings is uncertain, and this year we have to admit that there is one of the strongest competition in the last few years.

Kraft is a big favorite

Austrian athlete Stefan Kraft currently leads the overall standings of the World Cup after four competitions in Ruka (Finland), Lillehammer (Norway), Klingenthal (Germany) and Engelberg (Switzerland).

Kraft's outstanding performances in Ruka and Lillehammer secured him a double victory, making him favourite. On his heels is the German trio Andreas Wellinger, Pius Paške and Karl Geiger, who represent the competitive season ahead.

Despite defending champion Norway's Halvor Egner Granerud currently sitting in 13th place, the stage is set for an exciting contest. Granerud, who dominated last season with three out of four ski jumping victories, faces tough competition in this edition of the World Cup.

A snow avalanche like from the movies

The road to the 72nd edition of "Četiri skakonice" was not without challenges. The snow avalanche threatened the viability of the tour, especially in Bischofshofen, where an avalanche just a week ago caused considerable concern.

However, with a dedicated effort involving around 120 people working around the clock, the damage to the ski jump was successfully repaired, ensuring a safe and exciting competition. Fans eagerly await breathtaking jumps, fierce competition and the crowning of the next champion in this iconic ski jumping event.