She is the youngest in the family, in which all three brothers practice ski jumping. Peter, Cene and Domen Prevc have experienced many great moments in their discipline, especially Peter Prevc, who won the Four Hills Tournament in the winter of 2015/2016 and had various successes at World Championships and the Olympics. But the three of them failed to do one thing, just like most other athletes: namely, win the premiere of a completely new competition format. The younger sister Nika Prevc managed that on Saturday evening.
This format is called TNT, advertised as “Two Nights Tour”. So it’s only half a tour, therefore controversial and should be expanded and improved as quickly as possible, but for many jumpers it is now seen as the first step towards equality. The top German jumper Katharina Schmid and other good jumpers criticize that the course for a serious women’s tour was not set earlier. But it seems that they are now thinking about the future and want to make the best of the situation – that is, they want to work for equal rights on the women’s tour, if possible a tour in 2024 together with the men.
At the current first stop in Garmisch on Saturday, the women proved that they can put on an exciting competition. The Norwegian Eirin Maria Kvandal took second place behind Nika Prevc, ahead of Abigail Strate (Canada) and Eva Pinkelnig from Austria. The Germans, who are barely in the top ten this winter after the successes of the previous season, have to systematically rebuild their form. Selina Freitag (Aue) came second in Garmisch as DSV runner-up in 21st place, ahead of Juliane Seyfarth (Ruhla) (23rd) and Anna Rupprecht (Degenfeld) (26th).
And coach Thomas Juffinger’s best jumper was also disappointed. Katharina Schmid (formerly Althaus) from Oberstdorf again had nothing to do with the podium in twelfth place at the first station. “I lack a bit of self-confidence,” she said, but the trend could already be a start because: “The second jump was better.”