MrStand-alone and withdrawn, Werner Schuster sat on the edge of the Olympic jumping facility in Sochi. She looked at the night sky, then in the cheerful German quartet at the medal ceremony and enjoyed the silence. With tears in her eyes. All the difficult years, all the patience, all the obstacles – at that moment he knew: everything had its own goal, the efforts paid off. "We held together, I am unbelievably proud of this team and deeply satisfied," he said after winning his team's Olympics.
It was February 17, 2014 and the first major triumph of the German ski jumps after a long time. That was the day Werner Schuster worked since 2008 as a national coach. Now, eleven years later, the Austrian announced that its end to the expiring contract will not be extended. The best candidate for his successor is his compatriot Stefan Horgacher, currently still coach of Poland.
"It's an incredibly intense time over the past eleven years. Now is the time to surrender an unchanged team," Schuster said on Thursday. He justified his departure with great effort. Probably he remains the German Ski Federation (DSV), but in another function.
With the 49-year-old from Kleinwalsertal goes that guy who was brought to bring German ski jumpers from mediocrity back to the road to success. When Schuster started, the former nation of ski jumps was brought down, not a single DSV athlete was among the top 15 in the overall World Cup. The mammoth task lay in front of him. One dealt with a long-term plan and sustainability.
For this he and his sports director, Horst Hittel, were structurally shifting, returning the German eagles step by step. And not only highly talented individuals, but above all very different types.
Balancing Shuster between work and family
The Shuster song sounds impressive. As a coach, he helped the Germans win the Olympic gold medal in the 2014 Team and Silver 2018, glorifying Olympic gold and silver by Andreas Velinger in 2018, the 2015 World Cup in Severin Freund and his overall World Cup victory in the same winter. It also has gold at the World Cup in mixed, as well as other World Cup medals and several successes at the World Cup. In the end there is not one thing: the victory of the prestigious Tournament on the four hills.
His decision to stand as a national coach is no surprise. Shortly before this year's tour, the Austrian hinted he would probably go in another way after eleven years. "My children are twelve and fifteen years old, and the twelve-year-old turns on TV and says my father is on television in the winter. He knows nothing else, it's burdens," Schuster said.
His family has abandoned him for years, another engagement in Germany will last at least to the World Cup 2021 in Obertsdorf, if not at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. "The question is: how much energy did I leave? How can you develop athletes?" Schuster said before the tour.
He is not a man for a year's contracts. "As long as athletes like Geiger and Leigh are developing, you will see: Things are happening. At the same time, I am committed to seriousness, for long-term projects, I will not help the team if I continue for a year or so."
Shuster's future is still uncertain
As Schuster continues, it has not yet been decided. He now has three options, he said, also includes further cooperation with the DSV. "Something grew there together. It's an interesting option," he said.
It is also understandable that the return of the Stigmatium Stames is understandable. It will bring him home, back to his family. Lastly, the Austrian association had no secret to having an interest in the 49-year-old. "Werner was successful everywhere, he's an authority. If we did not want to have it, something would certainly be wrong," said Mario Steker, Nordic sports director at the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV).
A complete rest is also possible. "I've been a professional trainer for 21 years," Schuster said on Thursday. "A pause can help me well."
As new national coach Stefan Horgaher traded for weeks. The Austrian knows DSV from his time as a Schuster assistant from 2011 to 2016, his contract in Poland expires in the spring. A candidate could also be the former world ski champion skier Rog Llekelsoj of Norway, who already belongs to the DSV staff. Either the Swiss national coach and former German squad skipper Ronny Hornshuh. The chances of the former world martin Martin Schmidt, who now has the diploma for coaches, has steadily increased. However, Schmidt recently stated that he was not available at that time.