Jan Kawulok is dead

The unpleasant news came from Wisła. A Wisła jumper and a Norwegian combinator, an Olympian from Grenoble – Jan Kawulok, passed away.

Jan Kawulok in the 1963/1964 season was recognized by the Polish Ski Association as the best junior of the Polish Championships. He then won the national championship in jumping and classic combination, vice-championships in jumping and relay, as well as a bronze medal in the open race of group B. In the following years, he proved his high position in Polish and world skiing by winning many titles of the Polish champion and taking top positions in FIS competitions which resulted in his appointment to the national team. He was most successful in competitions abroad in the FIS competition in Austria, winning the first place, after defeating the German Keller (world champion from Oslo in 1966)
The 1966/67 season was also very successful for Jan Kawulok. He was first in the FIS competition in Schönach (Germany), in Le Brasu, and in the 4-Hills-Tournament in Switzerland, he was third in the final classification, then he won the FIS competition in Kiruna (Sweden).
These results put Jan Kawulok among the world leaders, which was confirmed by the start in the Olympic Games in Grenoble, where he took 20th place in a combination. This was achieved by double silver and bronze at the FIS competition in Austria and the second place in the Polish Ski Jumping Championships.
In the 1968/69 season, Jan Kawulok won the title of Polish champion in jumping and a bronze medal in combination. He also took part in FIS competitions, taking top positions. In 1970 he took part in the World Championships in the High Tatras, where he was 17. In 1971 he becomes the Polish champion in jumping again. Ending his career, he obtains a few more valuable results, and since 1973 he has been working as a coach at the Club.
In the 1978/1979 season, he played in the football section of KS “Wisła Start”, which then played its matches in the B-class.
September 30, 2012 a plaque dedicated to Jan Kawulok was unveiled at the Aleja Gwiazd Sportu in Wisła.

The funeral will take place on November 27 (Saturday) at 11:00 from the chapel of the municipal cemetery in Wisła, ul. Ochorowicza 29.


About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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