Will Stefan Hula win the call to the Olympic Games in China? On Friday in Zakopane, the Pole made a fantastic jump and who knows if he will not convince Michał Doleżal over the weekend. These are two crucial days for him.
PAP / Grzegorz Momot / In the photo: Stefan Hula
Correspondence from Zakopane, Szymon Staliński
Cold, windy Pyongyang. After the first round of the individual competition on the normal hill, people rubbed their eyes in amazement. Stefan Hula was driving. He was about to make a big sensation. He had a medal, even a gold one, at the Olympic Games at his fingertips.
Dreams took him a strange system of conversion for wind and beam. He had to jump the incredible distance to defend the medal. He flew far, but it was to no avail. He did not defend the medal. He had to settle for 5th place. The best in his career anyway, but on that day he deserved a medal.
It seemed that 4 years later Stefan Hula would not compete in the Olympics at all. The season started poorly. He was in the squad for the World Cup in Nizhny Tagil and Ruce, but in both Russia and Finland he was unable to get through the elimination. In Wisła he qualified for the competition, but was eliminated in the first round.
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He lost his place in the World Cup and competed in the second division. He didn’t have great glimpses there either, however. At the last training session in Planica, however, he did quite well and it seems that he intends to fight for a place in the Polish national team for the Olympic Games.
Michal Doleżal will announce the squad for Beijing right after the World Cup competitions in Zakopane. Most likely, she will take five of her pupils. The certainty are Stoch (he should be healed in time), Żyła and Wąsek. Dawid Kubacki is close to the departure, signaling an improvement in form during the Four Hills Tournament. There is one more place left and here is an opportunity for Stefan Hula.
Jakub Wolny or Andrzej Stękała, who have regularly competed in the World Cup, did not impress with their form. They had flashes of good jumps but lacked stability. If Stefan Hula jumps as well as in Friday’s training throughout the weekend in Zakopane, who knows if he will not be able to win a place in the White-Reds squad by throwing a shot at the tape.
Everything is still possible. The Saturday training jumps, the later team competition and Sunday individual struggles at Wielka Krokiew will be decisive. It is worth watching how Stefan Hula will do in these jumps. Live coverage of all series on Wielka Krokiew on WP SportoweFakty, and broadcasts from competitions on TVP 1, Eurosport 1 and WP Pilot.
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