- This was not how the beginning of the season for Polish jumpers was supposed to look like. Kamil Stoch and the company failed in Niżny Tagil and in Ruka. The next competition in Wisła will be a chance for them to return to their expected disposition
- If we take into account the points achieved in the first four individual competitions of the season, in the last decade it was only worse in the 2012/13 and 2014/15 seasons, but later the White and Reds took wind in their sails
- On Friday, the jumpers will have two official training series and qualifications. Teams will compete on Saturday, and individual competition on Sunday
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Our players really care about a successful performance in front of their own audience, especially that they have not had such a poor opening of the season for years. On Wednesday, they trained on the hill of Adam Małysz. On Friday, the jumpers will have two official training series and qualifications. Michal Dolezal decided to perform: Jan Habdas, Stefan Hula, Maciej Kot, Jarosław Krzak, Dawid Kubacki, Klemens Murańka, Tomasz Pilch, Andrzej Stękała, Kamil Stoch, Tomasz Pilch, Paweł Wąsek, Jakub Wolny, Aleksander Zniszczoł and Piotr Żyła.
Teams will compete on Saturday, and individual competition on Sunday. In the four team competitions held so far in Wisła, our team always jumped on the podium. However, taking into account the current form of our team, the podium on Saturday would be a nice surprise.
The first two weekends of the World Cup did not provide Polish jumpers and their fans with too many positive emotions. Looking at the results, the Poles as a team in Kuusamo did even worse than at the inauguration in Nizhny Tagil. In the Sunday competition in Ruka, they were worse than the Estonians in terms of teams. Five of our representatives have scored points, but in none of the competitions more than two were promoted to the top “30”. For now, the jumpers are disappointing, but history shows that a poor start does not have to be a harbinger of an unsuccessful winter. If we take into account the score achieved in the first four individual competitions of the season, only in the 2012/13 and 2014/15 seasons it was worse in the last decade. To cheer up your hearts, you can point out that in both cases our competitors took wind in their sails.
Nine years ago, after unsuccessful starts in Lillehammer and Kuusamo, coach Łukasz Kruczek was even ready to resign. Ultimately he stayed, during the World Cup in Predazzo Stoch won gold, and the team won the first historic bronze medal. Two years later, the Poles started the season without Stoch, who was struggling with an injury. Despite the difficult winter, our jumpers again won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Falun. The breakthrough did not take place in the next edition, the last one under the leadership of Kruczek. At that time, after four competitions, the Poles had one point more than now. It is worrying that we have to go back in a few other cases to the unfortunate winter of six years ago.
It was the last time that Dawid Kubacki did not qualify for the second series three times in a row, as well as did not enter the finals in three of the first four competitions of the season. Only then he did not have seasons in the forefront.
Since the beginning of the 2015/16 season, it has not happened that Stoch was missing twice in the first four competitions. Such analogies are all the more disturbing as it was by far the worst winter for Stoch in the last decade. However, both in Nizhny Tagil and in Kuusamo, in single attempts, the three-time Olympic champion was able to jump at the level of the best competitors at the moment. Przebłyski also has Piotr Żyła, and Jakub Wolny’s Sunday performance in Finland should also be assessed positively. The question is, is this a permanent tendency, or is it looking for optimism by force?
Wisła 2021 World Cup: schedule 3-5 December
Friday, December 3
- 3.45pm: official training
- 6:00 PM: qualification
Saturday, December 4
- 3:30 pm: trial round
- 4:30 pm: team competition
Sunday December 5
- 15:00: trial series
- 16:00: individual competition