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[Nordic Ski jumping] Ryoyu Kobayashi missed seven consecutive victories / David Kubacki won

I’ve found a further report from Predazzo, Italy regarding Ryoyu Kobayashi. Let me share it here.

He is playing this time in Italy, but it unexpectedly seems that he is struggling. I have a feeling that this article is not going to be the one with full of happiness like so far, but let us face the reality and see how he is reported in Germany.

This time I’ve found an article in “Westfälische Nachrichten”, which is a very local newspaper around Münster area, which is located in northwest of Germany. “Westfälische” means Westphalian (Nordrhein-Westfalen is a state) and ”Nachrichten” means news in German.

Germans also consider this newspaper as very minor.

But it means, Germany is so much paying attention to a winter sport Ski jumping and a Japanese jumper called Ryoyu Kobayashi that even such a niche local newspaper also picks up the news with a large picture of him, even if he couldn’t jump best this time. Below I cite and translate some parts of the article. The article starts as follows:

Kobayashi missed a record update – although he has won six times almost perfectly, he couldn’t make it this time. A Japanese has lost in Predazzo.

WESTFÄLISCHE NACHRICHTEN, “SKISPRINGEN, KOBAYASHI FLIEGT AM REKORD VORBEI“, SONNTAG, 13.01.2019, 19:26 UHR, AKTUALISIERT: 13.01.2019, 19:30 UHR

As a side note, Predazzo is a village located between valleys in the mountain area in northeast of Italy, which is close to Austria and Switzerland.

The population is only about 4,600. Not only this time but also in the past Ski jumping or Nordic Combined tournaments have taken place here in 1991, 2003 and 2013.

I’ve never been to this area so far, but it seems to be surely a beautiful area with full of nature surrounded by mountains.

High flyer Ryoyu Kobayashi’s consecutive victories have ended. He left Predazzo without being able to create the first-ever record in Ski jumping history.

WESTFÄLISCHE NACHRICHTEN, “SKISPRINGEN, KOBAYASHI FLIEGT AM REKORD VORBEI“, SONNTAG, 13.01.2019, 19:26 UHR, AKTUALISIERT: 13.01.2019, 19:30 UHR

After the six consecutive victories at the world cup, a 22 years old was ranked only at the 7th and has missed a record of seven consecutive victories at the world cup.

WESTFÄLISCHE NACHRICHTEN, “SKISPRINGEN, KOBAYASHI FLIEGT AM REKORD VORBEI“, SONNTAG, 13.01.2019, 19:26 UHR, AKTUALISIERT: 13.01.2019, 19:30 UHR

Other jumpers, such as David Kubacki from Poland, 28 years old, was reportedly in a perfect condition this time. He is a member of the Polish national team and jumped in the Winter Olympic in 2014 and 2018. He won a bronze medal in 2013 and became a champion in 2017 in the Large Hill tournament.

The sport performance of course depends on each player’s condition, therefore it is quite possible that the player who kept playing in the best condition so far suddenly loses his/her rhythm and fails. I’ve been playing tennis for a long time, so I can fully understand the situation.

In any case, I would like to tell Ryoyu Kobayashi that you did a great job. I have an impression that there were a lot of reports in Japan when he was winning, but that there were not so many reports regarding his record end in Predazzo.

In other words, I’ve got an impression that in Europe his record end was reported as large as when he was winning (what I’m paying attention mainly is a German media though).

This time Ryoyu Kobayashi has been reported so visibly in Europe, that there must be a lot of Germans who are into sport news and leaned his name “Ryoyu Kobayashi”.

He is truly a Japanese who globally gets attentions. He is still 22 years old, so we could expect his further great performances in future.

It was also when I was 22 years old, when I moved to Germany alone leaving my loving family and friends behind in Japan and started a new life with full of adventures.

22 years old is a grown-up enough that you can do everything on your own.

On the other hand, it’s an age with a full of power that still has the following important characteristics of young people: “Fresh ideas that are not influenced by conventional customs”, “Curiosities to get interested in anything”, “Energy that allows you to challenge unlimitedly” and “Flexibility to adopt any changes”.

When I moved to Germany at the age of 22, I also experienced tons of survival experiences and overcame difficulties that current myself could no longer deal with.

But at the same time, I still remember that I was always excited and able to enjoy any challenges. These experiences are truly my treasure, on which my current happiness and satisfactions are based.

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