Bischofswiesen (dpa) – Hermann Weinbuch did not plan a big celebration. After a exhausting winter with his Nordic combiners, the decade-long trainer prefers the family company for his 60th birthday on March 22 instead.
“I’m not a big birthday party,” said Weinbuch of the German Press Agency. Two days away from everyday life with the wife and children, then having a barbecue with good friends at home in spring: That is enough for Weinbuch on this special birthday. Due to the Corona crisis, he refrains from a planned trip to Italy.
The former athlete has been the national trainer of the combiners since 1996 and is not only on the hill and cross-country ski trail weekend after weekend in order to shape Germany’s best athletes for the world leaders. For years, Upper Bavaria succeeded splendidly, developing Olympic champions, world champions and overall World Cup winners in series.
But because Eric Frenzel, Johannes Rydzek and Co. have been defeated in series by the outstanding Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber in the past two winters, Weinbuch is particularly spurred on again. «I am already excited about this challenge. I had a situation like this when we started, but we were still back there, »said Weinbuch. By the 2021 Home World Cup in Oberstdorf and the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, the coach wants to bring his charges back in such a way that further gold coups are possible.
Weinbuch does not want to give up mediocrity. Despite two victories by youngster Vinzenz Geiger, he called the past season without a major event “mixed”, especially on the hill he recently observed major deficits in his team. «I have the trust of the German Ski Association. So I’m still motivated. I’m trying to take on this challenge, »announced Weinbuch.
The designated successor Ronny Ackermann was not only an athlete under Weinbuch, but now also assists him as a jumping coach. “What I don’t know is in the field. He brought something new from his coaching studies. This then complements my ideas, »Weinbuch once said about the congenial team that has worked well for years. If Weinbuch leaves one day, the duo could work together in a new function: for example, with Ackermann as national coach and with Weinbuch at a base, so that he has more time for the family and the combination remains the same.
Weinbuch is often the explanation of the complex sport on television, but internally it can be very different. “It can also get louder and make you bawl in its Bavarian dialect,” reported Frenzel, who won five overall World Cup victories under the coach and thus more than any other athlete in this sport.
Weinbuch hopes that this type will not wear out among the athletes. In the long run, however, he also needs further success. «You try to give faith again and again. If you keep getting one, you might not be as credible anymore, »he guessed. In order to challenge the Norwegians with high-flyer Riiber, he had to “pull the reins properly again”.