At the Games in Sochi, she won the gold medal for one season and made women’s ski jumping popular in this country. Now it’s over.
2014 in Krasnaya Polyana, a village 70 kilometers from the Russian Olympic city of Sochi. The evening of February 11th changed this player’s life, the status of her sport, and the reputation of her coaches and support staff. When 22-year-old Karina Vogt surprisingly won the women’s jump skating premiere at the Olympics, Catherine Althouse Giannina Ernst was more comfortable than celebrating, it was an exceptional sporting career at its peak early on. “I was totally overwhelmed by this victory,” Karina Vogt says eight and a half years later, when she announced the end of her career in an online press conference on Friday afternoon and candidly admitted. The author of these lines still feels sorry for a young athlete who was overshadowed by the media meltdown in Sochi.
It took a long time for Vogt to find her role on the German team and in public as well. What helped her above all else was her extraordinary successes. The athlete, born in Schwäbisch Gmund, has won five World Championship titles (three in a team, two in individuals), and Fogg has also celebrated two victories in the Singles World Cup, both dating back to 2015.
Lots of praise also from Allgäu
Lately, she’s been struggling with injuries and with her form, which was also a determining factor in her quitting: “I can no longer meet my own demands, lately I’ve been lacking in self-confidence for really long distances.” Work for two years with the Federal Police completing progress studies. A return to the skating federation is out of the question, sporting director Horst Hüttel promised: “All doors are open to you.” Hymns of praise also come from former Vogt national coach Andreas Bauer Oberstdorf, who has accompanied the 30-year-old for almost her entire career: “We went through thick and thin and eventually understood each other blindly. What impressed me most was how Kareena evolved from a shy girl into a self-confident woman through sports and her successes.” She never became a German champion. She wasn’t hungry enough for that.”
Current national team coach Maximilian Michler said: “Congratulations on your fantastic and successful career with such a huge success. I only saw her in rehab, but I would have seen the possibility of her continuation. But of course this decision is acceptable.” Vogt explained it again: “I lived through the sport, but I had to realize that it no longer works that way. After injuries, I couldn’t beat myself the way I wanted to.” It took months for me to realize that the sport was over. That taught her to master the ups and downs of private life. “Sports have always been a mainstay for me, and a constant in my life,” Vogt said.
After suffering a cruciate ligament tear and other injuries, she is no longer able to match her previous performance. At the Winter Olympics in China, she was not in the squad this year.
“I will miss Oberstdorf less”
The athlete from SC Degenfeld has also spent a lot of time in her active career in Algeo, especially at the federal base in Oberstdorf. When asked if she would also miss Oberstdorf as her second home, Vogt said: “I wouldn’t call Oberstdorf a second home at the moment. It was more obligatory because a lot of courses were conducted there. But you have to be. Honestly: for such courses, The Oberstdorf is fantastic. Conditions have always been very good. It was always a pleasure to jump there at the World Cup on its home ground. Upgrading the facilities there was very helpful. I will miss Oberstdorf himself not so much now the people who embody Oberstdorf for me.”
Facts about Karina Vogt’s career:
- First FIS Competition: August 15, 2004 in Meinerzhagen. When he was twelve years old, he ranked 45th on Ordinary Hill
- 1st World Cup: January 7, 2012 in Hinterzarten: 35th place on the normal hill
- First start in the World Championships: February 22, 2013 in Val di Fiemme / Predazzo (Italy): 5th place on the normal hill
- Olympic start: February 11, 2014 in Sochi (Russia): gold medal on the normal hill
- World Cup record: 124 entries, 22 podiums, 2 wins
- Home World Cup Finals: In 2015 no home victory was awarded in Oberstdorf. She was second twice, behind Austrian Daniela Irashko Stolz.
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