“Unfortunately, the door is closed”
Ösi ski jumper causes a stir with the change of nations
Sophie Sorschag is just at the beginning of her career. Now she is forced to take an unplanned step. Because Austria kicked them out of the squad.
Sophie Sorschag will no longer fly to Austria.
Excitement in the Austrian ski jumping team.
Sophie Sorschag (23), the 2021 world team champion, no longer wants to start for Austria. Reason? They kicked her off the team. “Unfortunately, the door is closed in Austria,” says “Krone”. «27. In April, I was completely unprepared to be expelled from the association. Because of this, and because I want to continue playing the sport I love, I had to apply for a change of nationality.” He has no other option if he does not want to end his career.
“We wanted to keep her”
The matter is perceived completely differently by the Austrian association. Nordic sporting director Mario Stecher says: “It’s a shame for us because we wanted to keep them. But Sorschag himself submitted a request to change the nation at the June presidential conference.
Either way, things aren’t done yet. It is not clear who Sorschag will start for in the future. “There are several possibilities, hopefully we’ll get to it soon,” says the ski jumper. It is not surprising that several nations would like to have her in their ranks. Because Sorschag is not only the team world champion, but has already jumped into the top 10 three times in 17 starts at the world championships.
Bizarre Olympic disqualification
Sorschag is currently preparing for his comeback. In February, she fell heavily and suffered injuries to her cruciate and collateral ligaments as well as her meniscus. Surgery was required and the season ended prematurely.
Shortly before that, she made headlines during the Beijing Olympics. Because two teammates fell ill with Corona, she was nominated for the competition in a short time. To make her suit suitable for the unsponsored Olympics, she simply taped it over. Error. She was disqualified for taping.
She didn’t know she wasn’t allowed to do that, she told ORF as a result. None of the coaches pointed that out either. “I already had another suit, but they said: If the camouflage works, we’ll take it.” (bir)