Martin Koch, third in the last ski flying World
Championships in Vikersund two years ago, is struggeling
with his shape this season, but still the veteran
hasn't given up hop that he will be participating
in Harrachov at the end of his career.
"Maybe I'll get the chance to prove myself
in training, but this is only at about five percent",
Martin Koch said to the Austrian newspaper "Kleine
Zeitung". He now wants to earn his spot on
the team for the World Championships with good performances
in training in Planica. "The profile of the
hill there is similar to Harrachov. I don't know
if this helps, but I still enjoy ski jumping."
The ski flying World Championships on the hill at
the Certak from March 14th to 16th, would be the
last highligh in the long career of Martin Koch.
But after his performances this winter with an 18th
place in the ski flying in Bad Mitterndorf as his
best result it will be difficult for him to be named
on the Austrian team for Harrachov.
"Unfortunately I don't know yet whether I'll
be competing again this winter. There are still
the ski flying World Championships - but I will
only jump there if it really makes sense. First,
we have enough good jumpers right now and, second,
I don't want to go to Harrachov as a tourist. But
I'm still training and I'm a ski jumper until Planica.
If it would work it would be very cool, but if not
I'll still say good bye in Planica with a positive
feeling", the 32-year-old wrote on his website