Karl Geiger stood stunned at the outlet of the picturesque, Gross-Titlis-Schanze Engelberg and hung with buddy Andreas wellinger his widest Grin. With such a Coup of the 25 had not expected-Year-old two weeks prior to the start of the four-hills-tournament. “This is indescribable, I’m just mega happy that I managed the Race,” said Geiger. Nearly three years he had not done it in a single on the podium at all the victory on Saturday was only its second placement in the top Three in the world Cup.

“Fantastic, that was it for him. He deserves it really, he is a fighter. He has become better and better,“ said an almost exuberant national coach Werner Schuster about his long years of silent protégé, the improved piece by piece and closer to the absolute world top fought.

With flights to 135 and 141 meters Geiger demonstrated in Engelberg that he now belongs to the Elite. “I am just Horny! In the Race, one is always nervous, now I succeeded, but awesome,“ said Geiger, who felt he moved both of his cheeks. He proudly sang later, on the top step of the podium and the German anthem.

Geiger had set out in the penultimate single before the tour, ahead of Poland’s Piotr Zyla and Daniel Huber from Austria. Before the greatest success of his career, the down-to-earth Bayer had stressed how much he has found Favor in his most recent power increase. “You get used to it, to land front. You may rest but never out,“ said Geiger.