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Geiger frustrated with Germany’s constant failure in the Four Hills Tournament

origin 1German Karl Geiger prepares for his jump during the men’s practice round of the FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix at the Vogtland Arena in Klingenthal Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

Ski jumper Karl Geiger is increasingly fed up with Germany’s continued failures in the prestigious Four Hills Tournament.

Germans tune in to the German and Austrian-based competition in droves over the festive period, but the last German overall winner was Sven Hannawald 21 years ago.

“Our expectations are always the highest. It’s a huge goal for us. It’s incredibly annoying when it doesn’t work,” Germany’s top jumper Geiger told reporters before Thursday’s start in Oberstdorf.

The 29-year-old is seventh in the overall World Cup standings but hopes the underdog can shine.

“My ambition is to continue the trend of the last few weeks. Perhaps you are in a more comfortable situation than when you come in as a favourite,” said Geiger.

After Oberstdorf, the Four Hills Tournament – which is part of the World Cup – moves to compatriot Garmisch-Partenkirchen on January 1st, to Innsbruck in Austria on January 4th and to Bischofshofen two days later.