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Olympics 2022| Ski jumping: after farce: ex-controller criticizes successor

The long-time FIS material controller Sepp Gratzer clearly criticized his successor Mika Jukkara after the farce at the Olympic mixed ski jumping competition.

“It was a disaster,” said the Austrian of the Tiroler Tageszeitung in view of the flood of disqualifications.

The Finn Jukkara, who replaced Gratzer at the beginning of the season, is partly to blame. “I have the impression that he wants to change everything from one day to the next and want to change the control activity. For me, he’s not the right man on the pitch at the moment, I guess you were wrong,” said Gratzer.

On Monday, a total of five jumpers were disqualified because of a suit that did not conform to the rules, including the Olympic silver medalist Katharina Althaus.

The women are controlled by the Pole Aga Baczkowska, who was also in action on Monday at the mixed event.

Men’s national coach Stefan Horngacher had also criticized the world association FIS. “The new inspector has tightened the controls extremely – felt also very tightened for the German ski jumpers. The procedure of measurement has not gotten better from the FIS, but worse,” said Horngacher.

The 66-year-old Gratzer said of his time: “Our premise was always: Material control should never be the main focus in a competition. It’s a marginal phenomenon that guarantees fairness and equal opportunities. That obviously didn’t work out in this case.”

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