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Sports : The homesickness displaces Japan's ski jumper Ito asks the Austrians

Everyone knows the film, it is called “Lost in Translation”, and it was re-performed on Sunday evening in the Dorint Hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen by a presenter, a translator and the Japanese ski jumper Daiki Ito.

Moderator: "Mr. Ito, are you satisfied with third place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen or are you disappointed, because after all you made the two furthest jumps in the competition?" Silence. At some point the translator answers: “In Japanese too?” Moderator: “He just needs to speak.” The translator says something in Japanese. Daiki Ito says something in Japanese. Translator: "Of course, I want to win of course."

It's not that easy to find out about Daiki Ito and the Japanese ski jumping team. That would be particularly interesting these days, as the 26-year-old Japanese is preparing to be the only one to challenge the outstanding Austrians at the Four Hills Tournament. Before today's third competition in Innsbruck (1:45 p.m., live on ZDF and Eurosport), the Japanese is third behind Gregor Schlierenzauer and Andreas Kofler in the overall standings, followed by Thomas Morgenstern, a third jumper from the land of mountains. But the Japanese doesn't really want to believe in the overall victory either: “The two Austrians at the top are very, very strong,” says Daiki Ito, “if my jump continues like this, I can follow them, but will be for the overall victory it's not enough. "

The strength of the Japanese does not surprise the German national coach Werner Schuster. They are all light, bouncy and self-confident types. However, the homesickness factor plays a decisive role for them in the World Cup season. "The Japanese usually start well, but the longer they are in Europe, the worse they get," says Schuster, "because they lose their attitude towards life."

The current successes of Daiki Ito and Taku Takeuchi, who finished fourth in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, seem to confirm this thesis. Because for the first time there was a longer break in the World Cup calendar before the Four Hills Tournament. The quiet Ito cites them as the reason for his current success: "We were able to go home over Christmas and relax."

Hardly anyone in Japan takes any notice of Daiko Ito. “Not many people pay attention to ski jumping,” says sports journalist Saho Kobayashi from the “sportsnavi.com” news agency. After the team gold medal in Nagano in 1998, interest in Japan quickly ebbed, and the bronze medals in Sapporo in 2007 and Liberec in 2009 couldn't change that. There was a lack of top talent among men, and things looked better with women. Daiki Ito's current successes are also unlikely to change much in the position of ski jumping in Japan. "Daiki Ito should have won the overall World Cup," says Saho Kobayashi. On the other hand, the homesickness factor, which Werner Schuster also relies on, speaks jokingly: "I hope the Japanese stay in Europe - then they will be weaker again."

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