Stefan: “Today will be more for the female fans. It’s gonna be hot. Gregor, Schiffi, looking good. I think I didn’t promise too much. Well, TV has to film you now too. What do you think though, Gregor?”
Gregor: “It’s nice, thanks. A little bit of sweating is good for the body.”
Stefan: “Hot atmosphere is always guaranteed in here, not just in the sauna. What do you think about our apartment?”
Gregor: *laughs* “At the moments it’s quite a hot atmosphere in here. I’d say it’s a good change, different than a hotel for sure. More living, sense of community, cooking, yet we should vacuum, but the rest is perfect.”
Austrians are used to easier times. As their new government screams chaos and
controversy, there’s one thing
Austrians always could rely on:
all the blablabla started by Austrian media, for one second Marcel Hirscher won’t take the spot.
Gregor Schlierenzauer will steal the spotlight as he turns 28 today.
that guy’s getting old.
But have you
ever seen someone scrunch his nose so gracefully?
Or even sing ‘I am from Austria’ celebrating a freaking silver medal
after losing to the Germans?
Oh no, you have not.
so many things about this guy, not just his typical Tyrol bua looks. I mean,
that ‘beard’ and that jawline? Hello Mister
Schlierenzauer, I’d be your
Misses any day, you wouldn’t even have to
ask. Well, you never will anyway.
to look like that boy next door who always seemed to party way too much when
his parents were gone over the weekend…
…turned into an actual mature man.
We all remember
seeing Gregor breaking record after record and now the one thing he needs to
break is his inner misery. He probably went through the hardest time of his
life these past two years. He did lose a lot, as he states in his documentary ‘Weitergehen’.
Yet, he found himself again as
he was about to lose himself. He pushed himself forward, dragged himself
through physical and mental hell. So many people patted his back when he was
on top, but the same ones turned away as he fell into a hole. As an athlete
your own expectations are the highest and still, the pressure from the outside
does affect you. There were days during which I actually thought he’d end his career. I was checking the
Austrian news constantly, I just wanted to know. I was sort of prepared you
know? I remember crying when I heard he’d take a break from Ski jumping. It
was just so heartbreaking, to me, at least.
I don’t know where that comes from, it
might be the familiar persona Gregor and I share, we both either have lover or
perfectionists and if something we committed ourselves to goes wrong, it’s groundbreaking.
pulled himself out of the water. He learned that in your darkest times, you
need to find happiness even if you feel like giving up. He learned that being not
okay is okay. He focused on himself and reflected as to what his inner-self really
He did not end his career in the end. And it brought bronze in Lahti.
I am beyond
grateful to see him back, not as Schlieri, but as Gregor. He is an athlete dully
committed to his sport and right now it might not be going his way, but this
guy, Gregor, has learned so many things that he’s greater than failure.
Somehow he remained the same over these years
I’m sure he’s been mistaken by others. Words got
twisted and in the end he was the one to take the blame. Well, he stands for
something and that’s honesty. That’s something really rare these days.
Do I think
Gregor deserves better? He does. Anyone who watches his VLOGS notices the
effort he puts into things. Not just his training (which should result in way
better competition results), but by actually showing us what he does and caring
for his fans. He has his bad days, too, but supporting him over the last
few years has shown me that he’s one unique
two days in your life which mark you forever. One of them is the day you were
born, the other the day you find out why.
know you will never read this. And yet, I can’t help but shedding a tear while
writing this. You are, rest reassured, one to remember. You’ve been in the circuit for more than
10 years and still got your spine and your class. You were so close to losing
yourself and yet you overcame your inner demon.
admire you for that.
And I will admire you into the times after your career.
deserve better, Gregor.
You always have.
Keep your head up, champ.
You become a legend
after you die, but you, dear, already are a legend.