Ski Jumping. Jan Kawulok died. He was the Polish champion

The athlete from Wisła was a two-time Polish champion: in ski jumping (1971) and in relay cross-country skiing (4×10 km).

In the Winter Olympics, he represented Poland in the nordic combined. He was there 20. Two years later he was the 17th player of the world championship in Strbske Pleso in nordic combined.

Kawulok also played football. He performed at KS Wisła. He played there together incl. with Apoloniusz Secretar, the current president of the Polish Ski Association.

– In 1975 we even won the Wisla Valleys Cup – said Tajner in an interview with Onet Sport.

After the end of his career, he became a trainer, and his pupil is, among others Jan Szturc, who is currently one of the best ski jumping trainers in Poland. Kawulok was one of the first trainers of Aleksander Zniszczol.

– When I went abroad for my first competition, I didn’t have a running suit. Back then, you competed in elastic knee-length pants. So I went to him, and he gave me one from the games he played in Grenoble. He was then our idol together with Józef Kocjan – recalled Tajner.

In 2012, a plaque devoted to this athlete and coach was unveiled at the Aleja Gwiazd Sportu in Wisła.

Over the years, Kawulok ran small businesses, and in the last years of his life he was seriously ill.

“With deep regret and sadness we have received the news of the death of the late Jan Kawulok, Olympic athlete, Nordic combined competitor and ski jumping competitor, distinguished activist, coach and sports referee. We express our deepest sympathy to the family of the deceased” – wrote WSS Wisła on his profile on Facebook.

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

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