Before leaving for the Nordic Combined World Cup doubles in Oslo, Johannes Lamparter met his personal coach Patrick Murnig again on Wednesday.
Before the last four competitions of the season, it was all about getting in the mood for the fight for the overall World Cup, in which Lamparter is currently 121 points ahead of the Norwegian Jens Luraas Oftebro. The German Julian Schmid, who is another 65 points behind him, still has a certain chance of getting the ball.
“Confidant Number One”
Lamparter has been working with Murnig for around five years and receives additional input from him outside of training with the ÖSV team. “With Patrick, I have a partner who, besides my family, is my number one confidante, with whom I discuss my plans, the concept and who I have the mentality of staying cool,” said Lamparter when asked by the APA – Austria press Agency.
“I do a lot with Patrick, that I’m there and chilled, that everything is structured, and I have a lot of support there.”
The three-time bronze medalist at the World Championships in Planica himself approached Murnig and his agency JumpandReach and thus has a unique selling point. Murnig: “In 20 years it was just him that I didn’t choose myself.”
Kraft and Hayböck are also clients
Mother Lamparter reported to the 48-year-old today. “What suited me was the personality (Lamparters, note). Jo suits us.” He then asked the then 16-year-old if he could imagine being a permanent part of the team, which also includes Stefan Kraft and Michael Hayböck.
The idea of accompanying athletes came to Murnig in 1999 from snowboarder Doris Günther. Nordic combiners have been constantly represented at JumpandReach since 2022 and Christoph Bieler to this day. “I try to accompany every athlete and person I accompany based on their personality and individual ability and skills,” said Absamer in an interview with the APA – Austria Press Agency.
“This accompaniment has many facets – once I am the rock in the surf, then motivator, pusher, initiator, conductor, strategic helmsman.”
During the World Championships, Lamparter had to digest seventh place in the normal hill individual as well as the subsequent non-consideration and then moving up for the mixed event. “It was a real wash drum he was in,” said Murnig.
The day after the mixed bronze, the two got in the mood for the large hill week in a three-hour conversation. “Reorientate and reposition,” explained the Tyrolean. Only now, however, is the focus returning to the overall World Cup, winning which still seemed completely unrealistic at Christmas.
Strategic coaching for athletes
Lamparter, Kraft, Hayböck and Christian Deuschl, another combined athlete, are the athletes currently supported by JumpandReach. After a change in strategy last year, no more are to be added.
Strategic coaching is now being promoted for athletes outside of JumpandReach, for business executives, trainers and parents, as well as strategic development of structures and systems for clubs, associations, companies and politicians. The goal is to make the methodology developed so far available to a larger audience.