The world's best female ski jumpers competed for the first time ever in a FIS Grand Prix competition on the hill in Wisla.The first victory in her career went to Slovene Ursa Bogataj, who jumped on 126.5 m twice. - The hill in Wisla is difficult, but I like it. Today was my day and I am happy with this success. I would like to continue jumping like I did today for the whole season, said the Slovene athlete. - Ski jumping is an individual sport, but as a team we are friends, so we are happy when one of us is successful, Bogataj added.
Sara Takanashi from Japan finished second with jumps of 121.5 m and 126.5 m. - It was very windy today, but I tried to give my best jumps. I hope I can improve my performance tomorrow, Sara Takanashi said. - I like Wisła, and people here are very nice to me, so I feel great here, added the Japanese.
Another Japanese Nozomi Maruyama (120 and 121.5 m) completed the podium. - It was our first competition on the hill in Wisla and I have to admit that the facility did not cause me many difficulties. My jumps were different. The first competition jump was not the best but the final jump turned out to be the best one today, said the Japanese. Three representatives of Poland took part in Saturday's competition in Wisla. One of them, Nicole Konderla, scored World Cup points with jumps of 102 mand 95,5 m and finished at 26th position. The 39th place went to Wiktoria Przybyla (81 m) and the 40th place went to Anna Twardosz (83.5 m).
It was a great competition for the Polish athletes, who dominated the competition on the hill in Wisla-Malinka. Jakub Wolny claimed his first career victory in a competition of the highest level. The athlete of Michal Dolezhal jumped on 123.5 m and 126.5 m and could thus celebrate his first career podium result in the FIS Grand Prix. - Today I tried to enjoy my jumps and I knew that I can jump well and that I'm currently in a good shape. I think I managed to prove that, and I am very happy with the win. I am not going to give up the leader's bib to anyone, the best athlete of Saturday's competition evaluated his performance. It was a fantastic feeling to be able to sing our national anthem in front of all these Polish fans. The anthem was the same as when you won with the team, but when you stand alone on the top step of the podium, it's a completely different feeling. Both have their value, but I think for the athlete himself the individual victory is more valuable, he added. My victory is also the success of the whole team, because the atmosphere that we have in the team is not found in many other nations. I will do my best tomorrow, but we will see how it goes. I thank the fans for coming to the competition today, said Wolny.
The third place went to Dawid Kubacki who jumped 122.5 m and 127 m. - I am glad that I could finally stand on the podium together with my colleague Jakub Wolny who won. It was really great to stand on the podium and to sing the national anthem. Kuba was better today because he made two good jumps, while I only made one good attempt. I'm happy to be on the podium despite a weaker first jump. Such an opening of the season is nice and gives energy to further work, admits Dawid Kubacki.
Austrian Jan Hoerl (130.5 and 125 m) separated the Polish jumpers on the podium. - I am very satisfied with my jumps today and they gave me a lot of joy. Wisla is a great place with a great atmosphere. On Sunday I will have another chance to jump well again and improve my result, concluded the Austrian.
On Saturday's competition also points were scored by: 12th Piotr Zyla (122 and 125 m), 15th Stefan Hula (121 and 122 m), 17th Paweł Wąsek (120.5 and 117.5 m), 20th Aleksander Zniszczoł (123.5 and 117 m), 21st Maciej Kot (121 and 117 m) and 22nd Andrzej Stękała (118.5 and 114.5 m). Outside the final "30" were: 34th Jaroslaw Krzak (111 m), 36th Tomasz Pilch (112 m) as well as Klemens Murańka, who was disqualified after his jump. Friday's qualification winner Kamil Stoch, who was withdrawn from the competition due to a swollen ankle, was missing at the start.
On Sunday the second women's (1 pm) and men's (5:35 pm) individual competition will be held on the ski jumping hill in Wisla. The women's competition will be preceded by a qualification in which 54 athletes will compete, scheduled for 11:45 am. The men's competition, on the other hand, will be preceded by a prologue at 4:30pm, in which 49 competitors will start.