At the top, loneliness, humility and icy silence reign. The wind whistles mercilessly and soon shows whether it is friend or foe. The gaze is focused, the breath calm. Only the pounding of the heart is audible and the adrenaline in the blood makes you forget the icy cold for a moment. Below: loud roar of around 25,000 enthusiastic people. Cheers, horns, cowbells, a colorful sea of flags and great expectations. Tunnel vision: but the focus is initially only on a small flag. When this is waved by the coach, it's no longer a matter of the external conditions, but what you make of it. A strong push off the beam, the acceleration to 90 km/h and, as always, catching the right jump. Then it's a matter of enjoying 10 seconds of bliss carried by the wind, which fly by, and finally it's just a matter of landing safely. Relief, a smile, arriving as if in the arms of family. The fans frenetically cheer the long jump at the start of the Four Hills Tournament in Oberstdorf, Bavaria.