Such a season doesn’t happen every year. Event in Wisla is an inauguration competition in the Olympic season. Athletes will compete in The Olympic Games this February in PyeongChang. It was a huge surprise for everybody in a ski jumping world that the event is Wisła is taking place so early. Nobody has ever tried to organize a competition in mid-November. What helped to organize the event was the perfected preparation of the hill and co-operation with the Supersnow company. – It was a huge challenge for us, but we managed to do everything what possible. I think that everybody is contented that the hill is ready to hold the competition. We hope that we will organize another season opening next year here, in Wisla. For sure we know that we can’t let down anybody. If we manage to organize the event properly this winter, there will a possibility that we will hold some competitions next year – said Adam Małysz, former ski jumper and member of PZN.
74 ski jumpers from 17 different countries participated at Friday’s rivalry. Firstly two rounds of training took place, then the qualifications. In both rounds of training it was Stefan Kraft from Austria who was the better ski jumper with the jumps of 123 and 128 metres long. With a jump of 123 metres Dawid Kubacki managed to be the third in the first training. Also Jakub Wolny made a quite good performance – he was the 10th in the second round.
12 Polish ski jumpers had the chance to jump in the qualifications for the individual event, but only 7 of them will participate in Sunday’s event – among them there are Kamil Stoch, Stefan Hula, Maciej Kot, Dawid Kubacki, Jakub Wolny, Piotr Żyła and Aleksander Zniszczoł. Kamil Stoch with a jump of 122 metres was the best of Polish athletes and he ended the qualifications at 5th position. Stefan Hula jumped 2 metres more than his teammate, but finally he was the 7th.
It i san Austrian ski jumper Stefan Kraft who won the qualifications with a jump of 126.5 metres. Just behind him was placed Stephan Leyh (124.5 metres) and Junshiro Kobayashi, even with the further jump (126 mtres), was the third. He obtained less points than a German athlete.
Individual competition takes place in Wisla-Malinka at Sunday, whereas the team event is planned for Saturday. 12 teams will participate in this event. Among them there are athletes from: Kazakhstan, Italy, Finland, Switzerland, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Japan, Norway, Germany, Austria and Poland. Polish team will be represented by: Piotr Żyła, Dawid Kubacki, Maciej Kot and Kamil Stoch. Trial round before the team competition starts at 3pm and the event is planned to start after its finish.
Official results of training rounds:
Official results of qualifications: