Here’s what the athletes said after the competition:
Manuel Fettner (AUT): I’m extremely happy that I could win here today, I just learned that I have never been on the podium in a Grand Prix before. Of course, I knew that I’m in good shape, but I would have wanted to compete against more of the other national teams, unfortunately, that was not the case here today. But I still saw that I could jump well here, also in a competition and I’m happy about that.
Gregor Deschwanden (SUI): I was surprised about the result after my second jump because it was not that far. It’s great to be on the podium again here. My goal was to finish in the Top 6 and so I’m more than happy with the podium today. I also want to be among the best in winter and achieve such good results, that’s my goal. It’s always good to see that such results are possible, also in summer. That’s good mentally. I think I’m on the right track with such a start and that gives me additional confidence and motivation for the upcoming months.
Stefan Kraft (AUT): It was a cool start to the summer season for us. We already knew that Manuel is in strong shape, he showed that in our training at home. I’m very satisfied with my performance and it’s great that I could start summer with a podium. The conditions were difficult today, in the first round I got a lot of bonus points due to the wind. I tried to do my best and that’s what summer is for, you can see if your jumps are good and stable in difficult conditions. But in the end, I think it was a fair competition.
Austria’s Daniel Tschofenig finished fourth, and the two Norwegians Anders Haare and Anders Fannemel came in fifth and sixth. Philipp Raimund was the best German in seventh place, Italy’s Giovanni Bresadola achieved a good result in eighth.
Maciej Kot was the best of the Polish team in tenth, Dawid Kubacki, Kamil Stoch, and Jakub Wolny were not competing in Courchevel, but they still lead the overall ranking of the FIS Grand Prix.
The Grand Prix continues in mid-September in Rasnov, where the Super Team Event will be held for the first time. In this competition, two athletes per nation form a team and the winner will be determined after three rounds.