AUTHOR: Dominika Bączek / Press Office FIS Grand Prix Wisla 2021 PUBLISHED AT: 18-07-2021
The first such weekend at the Adam Małysz ski jumping hill in Wisła-Malinka has come to an end. The female and male ski jumpers completed their season opening competitions of the FIS Grand Prix on Sunday evening. In the women's competition Slovenian Ursa Bogataj stood on top of the podium again, while Dawid Kubacki was the best among men.

Ursa Bogataj once again proved to be in great shape and took her second career win in the FIS Grand Prix competitions. The Slovenian athlete showed jumps of 133 m and 127.5 m and scored a total of 245.7 points. - It was a very good weekend for me and I will remember my time in Wisła very nicely. I really didn't expect such a good performance, especially because this hill is quite difficult for me, said the two-time winner.

The second place went to Sara Takanashi from Japan. In the first round she jumped 130.5 m and in the second round she reached 133.5 m, breaking the hill record once again. Unfortunately, she fell during her second attempt, after which she was taken to hospital for examination.

Austrian ski jumper Marita Kramer (131 m and 128 m; 234.1 points) completed the podium. - It was quite a difficult weekend for me. Yesterday I couldn't find a good inrun position that would give me the right flight position to jump far, so I struggled with my technique. Today was a little better, but not at all easy. Fortunately, I found this position and I am really happy to have finished on the podium. That gave me more self-confidence, said the Austrian ski jumper after the competition.

Poland's female athletes failed to qualify for the final round. The 36th place went to Wiktoria Przybyła. - These were not my best jumps. Technically it looked good, but I am too aggressive at the take-off, which is reflected in the distances I achieve. I need more peace and quiet and to get used to the competition. I look up to the best girls, it impresses me how they deal with stress.This competition, which is combined with the men's event, is an important experience for me, she said.

A place behind Przybyla went to Joanna Szwab. - I could have jumped further and better, but unfortunately it turned out differently. On Friday I wanted to improve too many things at once and today I focused on one task. The final result was not good, but it was not tragic either. I know my three most important elements to keep in mind in order to succeed in my jumps. I need to focus on tasks, not results, to be happy with what I am doing. I hope it will only get better, she said about her performance in Wisła.

Dawid Kubacki triumphed in great style on Sunday evening at the Adam Małysz ski jumping hill. The 31-year-old ski jumper made two jumps of 128.5 m and finished almost seven points ahead of Austrian Jan Hoerl (130.5 and 126 m). - I made good jumps today, from the very beginning I felt that they would be great. Even the one in the prologue on the take-off was fine, only the rest of it didn't go my way. Today I had a lot of fun while jumping, also the fans supported me, so it was a great weekend. I think that it was getting better and better every day, so I know that everything is going in the right direction, admitted Kubacki.

- It's a wonderful feeling to stand on the second step of the podium twice during the season inauguration. This makes me more motivated to continue working.The atmosphere in Wisla was great and the fans were very supportive - said Jan Hoerl.

The lowest step of the podium was taken by Slovenia's Anze Lanisek, who jumped on 124.5 m and 126 m. - I am not very happy with this weekend, but today I made a step forward from what I presented on Saturday and Friday. I'm still making mistakes that I don't want to repeat, but in general the weekend was fine, I did the maximum of what I'm capable of doing at the moment. Over the summer I just want to test particular elements in order to be ready for the winter, because it is the most important, concluded Lanisek.

All the athletes of Michal Dolezhal scored points at Sunday's FIS Grand Prix competition in Wisla. Also Jakub Wolny finished in the Top 10 as sixth (125 and 121.5 m). Stefan Hula (120.5 and 124 m) finished in the 11th position. Four places behind him came Maciej Kot (117.5 and 128 m), followed by Pawel Wasek (116 and 124 m), who finished 20th. The places of other competitors were as follows: 24th place for Piotr Zyla (119 and 115 m) and 26th for Aleksander Zniszczol (124.5 and 106 m).