Suddenly let these Japanese people are world-class show on the ramp

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Ryoyu Kobayashi scored four in four in Vierschansentournee

Suddenly let these Japanese people are world-class show on the ramp

Until recently, performed Ryoyu Kobayashi (22) is hardly at the top level. Now the Japanese are a class apart and he won all the matches of the famous Vierschansentournee.

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The Japanese Ryoyu Kobayashi won this season all eight matches in the world cup in ski jumping. Matthias Schrader/ap

Ryoyu Kobayashi scored four in four in Vierschansentournee

Suddenly let these Japanese people are world-class show on the ramp

Until recently, performed Ryoyu Kobayashi (22) is hardly at the top level. Now the Japanese are a class apart and he won all the matches of the famous Vierschansentournee.

Dylan Mason

AmsterdamTot in February 2018 with a video of him viral it went, lived Ryoyu Kobayashi in anonymity. In this thirty-second-long video, the world saw for the first time how far the Japanese jumper could jump. To far even. Helped by the wind, he took too much speed. The hill in Sapporo, a northern city in Japan, was during the Hokkaido Cup, shortly before his jump.

Kobayashi had his jump end – with his hands rowed in the air and landed after 150 metres. A heuvelrecord. He landed on his skis, but ended up with the head in the snow, and the jump was not valid. He himself remained remarkably unscathed.

‘The jumps
of Kobayashi are a poem, so see ski jumping in the future’

Kobayashi (22) started skiing on his fifth. Are wintersportcarrière began in the nordic combined, a combination of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Thanks to his father he made the transition to ski jumping. That could not be otherwise, with three brothers and sisters that do the same thing. Junshiro Kobayashi, his five year older brother, has since 2011 been a part of the highest level.

Sunday was the Japanese the third jumper that all the matches of the famous Vierschansentournee won, which was in its 67th edition. It didn't lead to surprise. At least, not any more. The Japanese has always been seen as a talent. But who is this success prior to the season had predicted, was crazy.

Ryoyu made its debut in 2016 as a 19-year-old in the world cup. In the skiing world he was more known as a hobby-dj and car enthusiast, than for his performance. He took in his first three seasons, part, 38 individual competitions, and finished twice in the top ten: the sixth and seventh. The tenth place at the Olympic Winter games in Pyeongchang last year was his meager height.

The current season is not yet two months old, or Kobayashi can not more on the street without signatures. In his home town of Hachimantai is he like a hero to receive. He did in november, and participated in eleven world cup: eight times he was first and twice third. The last four games earned him the victory in the Vierschansentournee. The Japanese is breaking the European hegemony in the sport.

"You knew that one day he will, his potential would be realized," said Werner Schuster, coach of the German schansspringers, earlier this month at the French news agency AFP. The talent he had always been in himself, but he did not reach his maximum.

‘A somewhat
crazy Japanese’

‘When he realized that he should do more than just driving his Porsche, he was good, " said his coach Janne Väätainen against AFP. With difficulty, she succeeded the Fin to Kobayashi to turn into an athlete who is fully on his sport. The turn of the year he was not aware. On new year's Eve, he was already ten hours in bed. The following day he was first in the German Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

"My coach pushes me and I try to do what he tells me,’ declares the Japanese are a sudden success in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. "I train and just listen to my trainer as the other jumpers.’ Against the German ZDF he admitted that listening made all the difference. "It was up to me to do more. Much more. That I understood and addressed.’

Previously there was hardly anything about him to read, now he is worshipped in the media. ‘His jumps are a poem, so see ski jumping in the future, " says former jumper and current ARD commentator Dieter Thoma about it. "I have rarely seen something better seen on the ramps," said the German coach Schuster last Friday after his jump in Innsbruck. According to an analysis in the Süddeutsche Zeitung , he flies " so beautiful and perfect through the air, as if someone with a joystick to operate’.

Itself remains Kobayashi modest. His answers in interviews are short – speaks English he is not – and he is amazed at his own performance. But a typical Japanese person, he is not. "I am a neo-Japanese," he said at the beginning of this year. ‘A bit of a crazy Japanese man.’ He was referring to insisted that he is less reluctant than the average Japanese. His joy and pride he shows love after he has won.

The question is where the season is going to end for Kobayashi. After eleven of the 28 races he goes to the lead in the battle for the world cup. His lead on number two, Piotr Zyla from Poland with 427 points large.

And now he is already eight times in the top of the stage has been calling the seizoensrecord. That is in the name of Peter Prevc. The Slovenian won the season 2015-2016 fifteen of the 29 contests.

‘Why should I not be able to do?’ To the extent of his modesty.

© NRC Handelsblad

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