After just one day of rest, the jumpers are back to competing in the World Cup today. Five of our representatives will perform in Bischofshofen: Dawid Kubacki, Piotr Żyła, Jakub Wolny, Andrzej Stękała and Paweł Wąsek. Former physiotherapist of the Polish team, Rafał Kot, gives Piotr Żyle the best chance of a good performance in Austria, who took 15th place in the general classification of the Four Hills Tournament.
– Everyone in the coaching staff of our team agrees that it is going for the better. And let’s stick to it. I am sure Piotrek can do jumps in the second ten. If he gets to jump badly, his flight style is a bit desperate, landing is not the best, but he can already make some pretty good single jumps. Dawid Kubacki showed in the last competition that he can either jump very well, his one jump resembled that of the old Dawid in terms of style and distance, or that he can completely spoil his attempt. The second jump was very late, it bounced almost from the air. He has flashes, he has taken a step forward, but his form is unstable, and I think he needs some gentle training.
– I do not see much progress in the rest of the players and I do not see any chances for a good result in Austria. Paweł Wąsek, if he has a good wind, he can hit something, but it still doesn’t make him into the top 30. Jakub Wolny is jumping much below expectations, not to mention Andrzej Stękała, who was unable to qualify for the final round even once. He has been lost in them several times and, as he himself admits, his frustration is starting to grow more and more – Rafał Kot tells us.
The great absentee of the competition in Bischofshofen will be Kamil Stoch. After the unsuccessful 4-Hills-Tournament, the three-time Olympic champion returned home. It is not known whether he will perform in a week’s competition in Zakopane. It is quite possible that at the beginning of next week, he will resume training in the capital of the Polish Tatra Mountains, which Tomasz Pochała said in an interview with Interia, Tomasz Pochwała, a co-worker and coach at the club of Kamil Stoch and his wife’s Eve-nement Ski Jumping Team.
– Kamil is such an experienced player and mentally strong that he will know what is good for him. In my opinion, a competitor with such aspirations and such achievements, if he feels after training in Zakopane that this is not what he means in jumping, I think that in his case it will be the right decision to refrain from starting . He will focus as much as he can on preparations for the start at the Olympics in Beijing. I think that a competitor like Kamil Stoch will not change into minor to try and score a possible slip-up again. He must be really strong both in terms of sports and mental form to return to the World Cup competition – says the former physiotherapist of the Polish staff.
In conversation with us, Rafał Kot also provided news about a group of players who went to train in Planica. This group includes Klemens Murańka, Maciej Kot, Aleksander Zniszczoł, Kacper Juroszek and Jan Habdas.
– They went to Planica on Wednesday, but on that day, just like on Thursday, they could not jump. Yesterday it was possible. Since the FIS Cup competition in Zakopane has been canceled, they have a free hand and decided to stay in Slovenia one more day until Sunday. I think this is a good decision. It is better to train in good conditions, and in Zakopane there is no possibility to jump yet. The weather has recently ruined our plans a bit – concluded Rafał Kot.
Interviewed by Zbigniew Czyż